Beethoven - Adagio from the Pathetique Sonata for Viola and Piano, arr. Peter Gross
The 'Songs for Others' Concert series collection was conceived by Peter Solomon Gross as an educational series designed to acquaint student musicians with music literature not written specifically for their instrument. Pieces in this series are eminently suited for solo-and-ensemble competition or for recital performance.
This narrative song is a re-telling of the story of David and Goliath from 1 Samuel: 17. It describes the wonder of the crowd, marveling first at what they regard as the impunity; and later at the bravery of David as he kills the Philistine giant. Edwards's setting employs both rhythmic and harmonic choral ostinati and intersperses David's calm reasoned statements with the mutterings and exclamations from the crows as they observe the scene.