The viola takes centre stage this November when Christopher Moore presents this intimate recital for Melbourne Morning Masters, partnered with pianist Caroline Almonte. Both fixtures of the Melbourne music scene, together they will present the Brahms Viola Sonata in E Flat, a mellow, glowing work originally composed for the clarinet. An ideal showcase for their sensitive musicianship and rapport, marvel at the range of colours and emotions they are able to draw out of this special work.
The Sonata is perfectly programmed alongside Rebecca Clarke’s Morpheus, written in 1917 and reflective of the composer’s own mastery of the viola. Highly influenced by French Impressionist masters like Debussy, the work is both romantic and wistful, awash in subtle emotion.
A highlight of the recital is the world premiere of Alice Humphries’ new work for viola and piano, written for Moore and Almonte and conceived of as a companion piece to Britten’s Lachrymae, which is also on the program. Humphries’ body of work is characterised by her versatile influences, drawing from jazz, classical, folk, and electroacoustic sounds, presenting rich sound worlds that embrace both the man-made and natural.
Chamber of Musical Curiosities Podcast
In Episode 6 of the podcast, Artistic Director Paul Kildea is joined by contemporary classical, jazz and experimental composer, Alice Humphries.
This insightful conversation touches on Alice's early years and her love for a wide range of musical genres and instruments, they discuss creativity and pushing boundaries within arranging music and composing during a pandemic. Her anticipated compositions for upcoming Musica Viva performances in our Melbourne Morning Masters series and for Musica Viva In Schools.
CHRISTOPHER MOORE VIOLA
*Commissioned for Musica Viva by Geoff Stearn. World premiere performance.
Alice Humphries’s music defies description. The best kind of creative magpie, her acute intellect and endless curiosity see her weave threads of jazz, classical, folk and electroacoustic sounds into an astonishing artistic tapestry. Alice’s new work was written for Christopher Moore and Caroline Almonte, to be premiered at their Melbourne Morning Masters concert on 16 November 2021.
Alice Humphries is a highly versatile composer working across and in between the contemporary classical, jazz and experimental worlds. Her music has been described as ‘bursting with life and fun, as well as great, great beauty’ and ‘deeply thought-provoking... offering both moments of incredible intensity and sublime serenity.’ Her output includes electro-acoustic, chamber, and orchestral music, as well as music for dance, documentary and film. She seeks to create evocative and engaging sound worlds that take inspiration from natural phenomena, and intersections between humanity and nature.