Siegfried Interlude No. 4 (1998)

aka. Ride of the Viola Valkyries

for 8 violists

duration: 4 minutes

based upon The Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner

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Programme Notes

Siegfried Interlude No. 4 was commissioned by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for first performance at the launch of their 1999 Season. At the time, the SSO viola section was made up exclusively by women, and since the SSO were going to perform Die Walk├╝re the following year, it seemed fitting that an arrangement of one of the best known parts from that opera, “The Ride of the Valkyries”, was done for this section.

So whilst not technically part of Siegfried, it nevertheless forms part of the Siegfried Interlude series. The arrangement takes into account what sort of things the Valkyries might get up to (i.e. going clubbing) if they were living in the late 20th/early 21st century.

notes by Matthew Hindson.

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Ride of the Viola Valkyries

Other Information

This work has been performed as part of the Australian Viola Festival, curated and organized by Roger Benedict.

Performance from 2012, ViolaMania! Festival, Berkeley, California