MELIA WATRAS: BERCEUSE
for violin and viola (2015)
World Premiere: Michael Jinsoo Lim, violin; Melia Watras, viola; April 3, 2016, Seattle, WA
Berceuse for violin and viola is an adaptation of the original voice and viola version of the piece, which I wrote for the fantastic folk singer Galia Arad. The piece first took shape while I was practicing the exquisite fourth movement lullaby of Robert Schumann’s Märchenbilder. Galia’s folk style was very much in my mind as I composed.
Violinist Michael Jinsoo Lim and I have been performing together since we met in our freshman year at Indiana University, so it was a natural fit to adapt Berceuse for violin and viola. Mike exchanged bow for pen, as the author of the text for the vocal version of the piece.