Excited to share this new viola version of Martin Bresnick's Josephine (the Singer) that I edited, now available through Carl Fischer Music: http://www.carlfischer.com/B3462
Bresnick explains in his program notes:
Josephine The Singer takes it's title from Franz Kafka's last published story, "Josephine the Singer or the Mouse People" . This valedictory tale was Kafka's prescient mediation both on musical divas and also what he considered might be the future of the Jews as a persecuted minority in Europe in the 20th century.
The composition is an extended passacaglia on a subject derived from my earlier work Songs of The Mouse People. This subject itself is found to be consistent with the narrow intervals employed in most mouse melodies.
Hope you enjoy this slightly deeper "rat" version of Josephine (the Singer)! Here are a couple excerpts from the premiere (Live at NYU Black Box Theatre, New York, NY. March 12, 2015).