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Augusta Read Thomas: Venus Enchanted for solo viola



Augusta Read Thomas
Venus Enchanted (2016)
for solo violin
8-page A4 saddle stitched score
NMP 1033
ISMN: 979-0-708129-32-5

Commissioned by Jennifer Koh with the generous support of Justus Schlicting, to whom the violin version is dedicated.
The viola version is dedicated to Carol Rodland.

Augusta Read Thomas: Venus Enchanted for solo viola


Venus Enchanted – I wanted to compose a short piece that “shows off” the players many talents: elegant soft playing, rich double stops, virtuosic music, athletic music, driving and passionate music, calm music etc. I wanted to try to sculpt a short piece – but one with fertile variety or characters all woven together in a tightly integrated and organic composition – so as to illustrate a variety of colours in sublime string playing. VENUS is the Roman goddess whose functions encompass love, beauty, fertility, prosperity, victory and desire.

NMP1032 for solo violin

NMP1033 for solo viola

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