Bossa de Bastião, for Viola Duet by David McKeown Sheet Music for Viola Duet at Sheet Music Direct
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Bossa de Bastião, for Viola Duetby David McKeown Viola Duet - Digital Sheet Music

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Bossa de Bastião is an exciting original composition by David McKeown, arranged as a duet for two Violas.

This duet is based on the Brazilian style of Bossa Nova which evolved in Rio de Janeiro during the late 1950s. Bossa in its purest form is lyrical song accompanied by nylon-stringed guitar. The rhythm derives from Samba but is played at around half tempo. The harmony is often complex and influenced by jazz; indeed it was the collaboration between guitarist João Gilberto and American Saxophonist Stan Getz that led to the huge international popularity of Bossa Nova in the 1960s and beyond.

If you play to an intermediate standard and upwards, then you and your audience will enjoy this piece. Rhythms should be lightly articulated, the melody should always flow, and following the articulation in the score will help convey the style. Bossa de Bastião has a performance time of around two and a half minutes.  You can listen to a full performance the Clarinet version of this duet by following the YouTube link above.

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