Smyth – Viola Quartet in A Minor


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There are all too few lady composer that have achieved fame. There are many reasons for this – and all of them bad, alas. These days, we like to think we live in more enlightened times, and in many ways we do. But there is some considerable catching up to do, in our opinion.

So to go some way towards that end let me introduce you to Ethel Mary Smyth (Dame) 1858-1944. A composer of note, in the great romantic tradition.

This work is taken from the first movement of her cello sonata, and it suits the viola quartet perfectly in every way. It has everything: passion, rich harmonies, wonderful dialogue, and élan. I absolutely love it, and so will you. 8 mins. M

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