Partners in Rhyme–cello duet (download)


Cello duet–10′

An engaging divertimento in four movements.

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Partners in Rhyme (download)

  • Dialogue
  • Valse nostalgique
  • Air
  • Excursion

Cello duet
1999, 2013
Duration: 10′
Commissioned by Shirley Kysilko.

Program note

Partners in Rhyme was commissioned by Shirley Kysilko in honor of Tom Kysilko’s 51st birthday. Shirley is a cellist and Tom, her husband, a violist. The four movements describe a journey, and what is a partnership if not a journey? The opening “Dialogue” contains some heated discussion. “Valse nostalgique” allows time for question and reflection. The walking bass of “Air” lends a Bachian flavor. “Jaunt” returns to the high spirits of the opening. There are a variety of techniques in this string duo: pizzicato, harmonics, chords, and lots of opportunity for lyrical expression. The cello duet version was made in 2013. View the original version for viola and cello here.

David Evan Thomas has been honored with two McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowships, an Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and commissions from the Minnesota Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Born in Rochester, New York in 1958, Thomas studied at Northwestern University, Eastman School of Music, and with Dominick Argento at the University of Minnesota. His music is published by ECS, MorningStar, Augsburg Fortress and several other publishers. Thomas lives in Minneapolis.


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