Viola Sonata orchestration by Ruth Lomon available for performance
Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata caused a sensation when it tied for first place in a 1919 competition. Although an immediate success, the Sonata gradually disappeared from the repertoire, and Clarke was long forgotten. Since the rediscovery of the Sonata in 1976, it has become (according to many noted violists) the most frequently performed large work for viola and piano.
Complementing but not overwhelming the viola line, the impressionistic colors and textures of Ruth Lomon’s orchestration of the Rebecca Clarke Sonata offer listeners an opportunity to hear this work on a grand scale, making new friends for this work long beloved by viola players.
The instrumentation for the Concerto is as follows for each movement:
II. “Vivace” – same as Mvt. I, but without Timpani and add Celesta
Composer Ruth Lomon, who has completed the orchestration of Clarke’s Sonata, has won wide recognition for her own music, including her Bassoon Concerto and Terra Incognito for orchestra. These were both recorded on the MMC New Century label and received enthusiastically. Lomon has also recorded on Navona Records (of Parma), CRI, and Capstone labels, and her trumpet Concerto, Odyssey, was commissioned by the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, which they premiered with trumpeter Charles Schlueter; he recorded it on the Kleos Classics label, with the Berkshire Chamber Orchestra, dir. Ronald Feldman.
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Agreement for Performance (Return to the top)
Rebecca Clarke, Viola Sonata (1919, orchestrated by Ruth Lomon, 2006)
Orchestral score, and parts, in PDF format, will be provided, by The Rebecca Clarke Society, Inc. The copyright of the orchestration is owned by Ruth Lomon (BMI)
Fees as follows:
Fee waivers or discounts may be considered for benefit concerts, or for any concert that targets a disadvantaged community. The following conditions are agreed to by all those involved:
In the printed program Ruth Lomon must be named as orchestrator next to the statement of the title and composer of the piece. Thus:
Sonata for Viola and Orchestra Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979)
Orchestrated by Ruth Lomon (b. 1930)
Please ask us (The RCS) for a program note about Rebecca Clarke, the Viola Sonata, and the orchestration. All program notes must acknowledge Ruth Lomon, orchestrator (www.ruthlomon.com) and The Rebecca Clarke Society, Inc. (www.rebeccaclarke.org); the URLs (web addresses) must be included.
The materials provided are not to be copied or distributed for any commercial purposes, and are to be used only for one performance (or one set of performances by the same ensemble and soloist, within a small time-frame). Permission must be requested before any further use is made of the materials.
We are happy to discuss these terms.