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New Music for Viola d’Amore

A new solo work for the baroque instrument viola d'amore written for Italian virtuoso Marco Fusi.

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Recording of premiere performance on Soundcloud

Posted on December 6, 2017 by Dominique Schafer

Live recording by Marco Fusi at Spectrum NY, on the viola d’amore. Recording engineered by Lester St. Louis.

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World Premiere at the Spectrum NYC Sunday April 23 8:30 (7:30)

Posted on April 22, 2017 by Dominique Schafer

Marco Fusi performs a double concert of music for violin and viola d’amore.

Link to facebook event page (public): https://www.facebook.com/events/456553954684825/?active_tab=about

7:30pm: Set 1

• Giovanni Verrando – ‘Fourth Born Unicorn’ (rounded version & angular version) – (2015/16) – American Premiere
• Wim Henderickx – ‘Raga III’ for viola d’amore and tape (2017) – American Premiere
• Federico Gardella – ‘Estroso/Innerlich’ for violin (2008/12) 
• Zeno Baldi – ‘Spikes’ for viola d’amore and tape (2014) – American premiere

8:30pm: Set 2 

• Athena Corcoran-Tadd – ‘Parla [&] tu’ for viola d’amore (2017) – American premiere
• Dominique Schafer – ‘Clair-Obscur’ for viola d’amore (2015) – World Premiere
• Salvatore Sciarrino – ‘Sei Capricci’ for violin (1975/76)


Tickets at the door: 
$15 ($10 for students and seniors) 
NB: 1 ticket covers both sets!

Spectrum NYC 121 Ludlow St. (2nd Floor) New York, NY 

Marco Fusi

Posted on July 7, 2014 by Dominique Schafer

Marco Fusi, viola d’amore


Viola d’amore is an instrument related to the viol family, mainly used in the baroque period. Creating new works for this instrument poses new challenges and opportunities.  Equipped with 7 strings and 7 resonator strings (tuned independently), the instrument offers subtleties in sound qualities very different from the modern string instruments.

It is a particularly rewarding project to work on a solo work for an instrument that integrates these physical attributes and its association with the baroque period. Due to the flatter layout of the seven strings, this instrument leads to be more easily played using double and triple stops. Also a wide variety of scordatura is possible. In this project I explore all many of these features and work in close collaboration with Marco Fusi who has specialized on the instrument over the past several years.

Marco Fusi plays regularly solo recitals on the viola d’amore and will perform this new work in concert in Italy and subsequently in European and American concert venues. The premiere is scheduled for November 1 2014, Treviso, Italy. A recording session is planned in order to include it in a future CD release.

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Treviso, ITALY

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Last update on December 6, 2017

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Los Angeles, California
A native of Fribourg, Switzerland, Dominique Schafer is a composer whose breadth of musical expression encompasses both the acoustic instrumentations and the electroacoustic media. His music has been performed in the USA, Asia, Latin America and Europe by ensembles and performers such as the Arditti String Quartet, Dinosaur Annex Ensemble, Ensemble Fa, Boston Modern Orchestra…

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milano, ITALY


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