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Masks: A Heroine's Tale



Commissioned by Matthew Aubin and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra


Solo Viola – 2+pic, 2d1, 2d1, 2 – 4, 1, 2, 1 – timp+3 – str

Masks: A Heroine's Tale
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Masks: A Heroine's Tale was written in 2018 for Matthew Aubin, Mitsuru Kubo and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. It is a concerto for viola and orchestra which celebrates the strength of women, in contrast to the male-focused romantic tones poems of the 19th and 20th centuries (Don Juan, Ein Heldenleben, Harold in Italy, etc.). Each movement draws attention to the different ways in which women shine in society. "Masquerade" refers to the way in which women have had to put on a facade in order to be accepted as equals. "Energico" highlights the fortitude and vigor of a female fighter. "Threnody" is about the beauty of love and compassion in death. "Ostinato Mechanique" is about glorifying women in science, and "Orange Wildflower" is about bursting through inhibitive restraints and shining as a unique individual. The darker, more subdued color of the solo viola, as opposed to a violin or cello, is representative of the plight of the female warrior as the underdog rising to conquer.

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