Year of composition
This piece was commissioned, premiered @ MSU, and subsequently performed often by renowned bassist, Gary Karr. Mr Karr and many of his students say they have enjoyed playing it.The four movements are described as follows:
1) Beginning with long singing lines and later developing into brilliant passages these two musical ideas alternate throughout until they culminate in a final Solo Cadenza.
2) The second movement in 3/4 time, marked Adagio, features a long melodic line interspersed with 16th note figurations.
3) The third movement Scherzo exploits a variety of contrasting rhythmic patterns for both solo and orchestra.
4) The fourth and final movement begins with a 12-tone melody that develops throughout featuring Solo and orchestral textures leading to a brilliant close.