Winter Remembered


by David Matthews

solo viola and strings
Solo Instruments with Orchestra, String Orchestra
solo viola - strings (

Commissioned by the Deal and Presteigne Festivals

First Performance
10.8.02, UK, Deal Summer Festival, St George's Church, Deal: Sarah-Jane Bradley/Deal Festival Orchestra/George Vass

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David Matthews (b.1943) Winter Remembered concertino for viola and strings, op.86 In 1982 I wrote a solo violin piece, Winter Journey, based on Schubert's Winterreise, which I later arranged for solo viola. This version was premiered by Sarah-Jane Bradley in February 2000. Her insightful playing of that piece was very much in my mind when I came to write this present concertino - which is dedicated to her, and which also, in its second theme, makes an explicit reference to the first song of Schubert's song cycle. The title Winter Remembered is from a poem by the American poet John Crowe Ransom and of course makes a nice allusion to Winterreise as well as being not too far distant in its subject matter from the Wilhelm Müller poems that Schubert set. Winter Remembered is a single movement lasting just under fifteen minutes and is a combination of sonata and variation form. The latter is evident in the sectional construction of the piece, which has a slow central section, a cadenza and, after passing through many different moods, a tranquil coda. Winter Remembered was jointly commissioned by the Deal and Presteigne Festivals with funds provided by South East Arts.

David Matthews

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'Winter Remembered' reviews

'The Viola Concerto was tinged with folk melody, and seemed to embrace Moravia and the Munros, the roseate English rapture of Tippett’s Corelli Fantasia, and the darkly mysterious world of Verklarte Nächt, while ingeniously opening up space around the solo line of Sarah-Jane Bradley' Church Times (Roderic Dunnett), 13 September 2002 Read more

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