Instrumentation: solo viola
Duration: ca. 5 minutes 30 seconds
Premiere: 05.06.2015, Rice University, Shepherd School of Music, Houston, TX, by Jarita Ng, viola.
Program Notes: Once the Spring 2015 semester came to an end (April 26), I was hit by an unexpected surge of inspiration! Without dealing with the balancing act of classes, homework, teaching, grading, prepping, etc. I discovered there was music lying dormant within me. Impetus refers to a driving force behind something: My “impetus” behind writing this piece was the virtuosity and musicality of the incredible violist, Jarita Ng.
Watch the premiere of Impetus below: