(8:00) Viola, Tenor Voice. Copyright Fee: Score. Music Copyright 2006, Brent Michael Davids.


VIOLA JOKES is a soloistic work for viola, with the addition of a Tenor whose lyrics are entirely viola jokes. For those so informed, there exists an incredibly vast and time-honored anthology of viola jokes. It is from this literary storehouse that the lyrics were derived, in contrast to the considerable virtuosity of the viola. For the duration of this playful work, the Violist is the defensive witness, while the Tenor is the accusatorial barrister. To reveal any more would betray too much!


"Viola Jokes" was commissioned for Violist Melia Watras by the University of Washington, Seattle.