Viola Concerto in D major, 2nd and 3rd movement
In this masterclass, several insightful points are touched upon, such as motor skills and muscle relaxation. Charisius shows Fabian how to find control and character in the movement of his bow. Likewise, perfection is only a matter of practice and dedication. It's in these moments where one can actually relax the muscle so that they slowly engrave into your practice. These techniques are studied along with the importance of developing principles of performing techniques within the confines of a specific style. Controlling the hand to make the piece more emotional.
Many helpful points, such as intonation, rule-following, and sound quality, can be found in this masterclass.
Process emotion in the composition.
Relaxation of the hand.
The exact composition date of Hoffmeister’s Viola Concerto in D Major is unknown, though it was published in a catalog in 1799 and likely written between 1780-95 in Vienna. There are a limited number of concerti written for viola from the Classical era, and Hoffmeister’s D Major concerto has stood the test of time and become a standard part of the viola repertory. The piece is in three movements: Allegro, Adagio, and Rondo, and follows typical Classical era forms. The first movement is in sonata form, combined with orchestral ritornellos. The soloist also presents a cadenza to conclude the movement. The second movement, a typical contrasting slow section, is in rounded binary form and presents a delicate melody. The finale, a rondo, presents the melodic material multiple times in a light, dancelike manner. The overall piece is an important contribution to the history of viola composition due to its exploration of the entire range and capabilities of the instrument.
Aim for excellence! You can improve your skills with expert advice. Download the annotated sheet music of this viola masterclass. Please note that this piece has been annotated in accordance to Isabel Charisius’s feedback and comments.
The prize winners were selected by a jury comprising (Alban Berg Quartet), 1983 to mark the 50th anniversary of Banff Centre.
Isabel Charisius is one of the finest violists and chamber musicians of her generation. As a member of the legendary Alban Berg Quartet, and a regular soloist with leading orchestras, Charisius has appeared regularly at the most prestigious venues in Europe, the Americas, and Asia.
She enjoys working in projects with distinguished string quartets, various ensembles and many renowned soloists in international venues. She is frequently invited as a jury member to prestigious international competitions.
For many years, Charisius has been dedicated to developing the journeys of new generations of musicians. She is an internationally recognized teacher of viola and chamber music. Her prolific teaching activity at the Universities of Cologne and Lucerne as well as a wide range of masterclasses at some of the most prestigious institutions, has produced a large community of alumni. Her students can be found among the winners of international competitions, and many of them are members of the world’s finest ensembles and orchestras.
Isabel Charisius plays the extraordinary viola «ABQ» by Laurentius Storioni (1780).
Franz Anton Hoffmeister was a German composer and music publisher of the 18th century, born in 1754 and died in 1812. He was a renowned publisher, having founded two houses and published the works of great composers such as Mozart and Beethoven, who both considered him a close friend. He was among the first music publisher in the flourishing town of Vienna. In addition to his business endeavors, he composed, and left behind a vast collection of works for flute, viola and other string instruments, piano, and even a collection of songs. He also wrote several operas and symphonies, and was a well-respected composer at the time.