By Luna Pearl Woolf | For Solo Cello | 7′
Composer: Luna Pearl Woolf
Year Composed: 2001
Instrumentation: Solo Cello
Catalogue Number: OM0111
Printed Edition Price: 20.00 USD
Listen to an excerpt of Impromptu:
Who’s playing? Matt Haimovitz, cello
Impromptu was commissioned for Matt Haimovitz by the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Germany, and recorded on the cellist’s Anthem album.
In the liner notes to the Oxingale recording Matt Haimovitz writes:
The Robert to my Clara, there is no composer alive more intimately familiar with my playing than Luna Pearl Woolf. Perhaps the pyrotechnics in “Impromptu,” reminiscent of a Romantic era, originated in the filtered sounds emanating from my practice room. At its core, however, Impromptu is an extended contrapuntal play on the fugue subject from Bach’s Suite V in c minor for solo cello. Freely-paced, quixotic sections frame the work, churning the central motive through a kaleidoscope of permutations. One final gymnastic run up to the cello’s highest positions and “Impromptu” unwinds in reverse back to the opening material like a palindrome.
This work is recorded on Oxingale Records’ album Anthem. Click here to go to the album page on iTunes.