Instruments: viola and piano
Catalogue no.: D2006-2
These four contrasting pieces, previously published as Four Character Pieces, will be fun to play for any violist of intermediate standard. Viva Barcelona! is currently on the Grade 7 ABRSM syllabus (British Exam board).
The four pieces are Elegy, Jazz-Dance, Presto for Frankie, and Viva Barcelona!
The composer, Patsy Gritton, was born in Yorkshire in the UK, and moved south to study at the Royal College of Music, London where she specialised in keyboard instruments, violin, and subsequently, violoncello. After finishing her studies, she worked for a London concert agent, before concentrating on accompanying, teaching and composing. Her pieces, in particular for cello ensemble and for harp ensemble, have been enthusiastically received and widely played. In 2006 Patsy withdrew from her work as examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in order to give more time to her creative activities.