By Luna Pearl Woolf | For Solo Cello | 7′
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From cellist Matt Haimovitz:
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.
Commission/Dedication: Commissioned for Matt Haimovitz by the Beethoven Festival; Bonn, Germany.
Premiere: First performed August 2001 in Bonn, Germany by Matt Haimovitz.
Recording: This work is recorded on Oxingale Records’ album Anthem.