MELIA WATRAS: LAMENT
for viola solo (2016)
World Premiere: Melia Watras, viola; September 10, 2016, Dayton, OH
Lament was written in memory of my father, Joseph Watras, who passed away in 2016 after battling cancer. It is impossible for me to express how much my father meant and continues to mean to me and my music. My dad was a philosophical man, and following his lead, I began to think of the loss we all experience as human beings when someone close to us passes away. The piece became not only a lament for him, but an expression of a shared sense of mourning that we all feel as part of humanity.
Lament is written in a folk song style, and is part of my Folk Style Project.