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New Music for Viola d’Amore

New Music for Viola d’Amore

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


July 7, 2014Marco Fusi

Posted by: Dominique Schafer

Marco Fusi, viola d’amore

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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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Dominique Schafer

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...


Marco Fusi

Milano, ITALY

Role: Performer

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