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In the May 2023 issue, violist Paul Laraia discusses this staple of the viola repertoire: ’This piece is one of the few original works in the Romantic idiom for viola and so it is a treasured part of our repertoire, despite its relative brevity. With its simple phrase structure and accompaniment, I imagine the viola playing the part of a troubadour while the rolled chords in the piano can almost sound like a lute. To me, this piece is an incredible exercise in simplicity, with all the complexity necessary to convey that.’
In this video, Paul Laraia performs the Elegy on his Hiroshi Iizuka viola, built in the ‘viola d’amore’ style, and using a Belgian bow by Pierre Guillaume.
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