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Reviewed On: 01/22/2018
I very much like most of LeClair's composition and think they should get played much more.. In this first volume of the 6 sonatas for viola duos opus 12, I love the minuet from the first sonata and frequently have viola students play that.. and I've played it with a bassoonist too when we have played at some assisted living places. The 2nd sonata I like very much for the harmonies and the melodies are both challenging. As a teacher I love the slow movement in 3/2 time signature where while my student is playing the beautiful slow singing melody I have sextuplets nonstop till the end..and with the half note at 60 and I have to play 12 notes every second..... that is a good work out for me. The trio in the 3rd movement also has a nice challenging line, the top line here, all 16th notes, that comes between the excellent minuet at the beginning and end. These middle two movements I often use as nice warm up exercises for my own practicing. The first movement has lots of nice chords and double stops and is quite majestic. The last movement is a nice cheerful movement where both the melodies and the harmonies are active and fun to play.
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