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Doctor of Philosophy




Dr. David Myska


Concerto Suite explores a unique hybridization of aspects from the baroque dance suites of the 17th and 18th centuries and from the classical concerto of the 18th and 19th centuries. In addition it also showcases some noteworthy differences in the performance technique and timbre of the viola da gamba in contrast to today's modern string instruments: the violin, viola, cello and double bass. ­

Concerto Suite is made up of three movements that are based on the form, rhythmic patterns, and meters of typical dance suites of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: allemande, courante, sarabande, and gigue. Concerto Suite combines aspects of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries dance suites with a virtuosic soloist who alternatively blends and contrasts motivic material, often in dialogue with the orchestra, similar to the role of a soloist in an eighteenth or nineteenth century concerto. To highlight differences in timbre, smaller groups from the orchestra accompany, play in sync, or play in opposition to the viola da gamba soloist.

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