Opus 665

Planctus (2005)

for Viola

Sarah Darling, viola

Duration: 3.5 min.

Dedication: for Alexandra Green

Publisher: Musik Fabrik

Performance materials available from the publisher.

Planctus (2005) for solo viola is dedicated to Alexandra Green, on her birthday.

Planctus (noun, Latin): Medieval style of song and poetry of a lamenting character.

They were sung both in Latin and in the vernacular (common language), treated both religious and secular subjects, and were popular throughout Europe.

The work is cast in song form.  Like later examples of the “planctus”, the work becomes not truly a “lament”, but a more general song.

The same rubato and musicality that is used in playing the unaccompanied cello suites of J. S. Bach should be applied to this piece.  Always singing, always lyrical, always flexible, always keeping in mind the different “voices” and harmonies (implied and stated) occurring in the music.