Outstanding performances include Biscardi's The Viola Had Suddenly Become a Voice. This is an elegiac and impassioned soliloquy for solo viola, inspired by Andrea Camilleri's 2003 novel La voce del violino (The Voice of the Violin) and composed in memory of Jacob Glick, a violist and teacher who championed eighteenth-century viola d'amore music but also premiered over 200 works and encouraged study of new music.
"The Viola Had Suddenly Become a Voice" for viola and piano impresses with stylistic grace, distant from the imperviousness of much contemporary music. The work, as stated in the title, quietly unveils the possibility of transforming the viola into a silky inspiration, into a melody also made up of harmonics, with fascinating interconnections with the piano that is an equal and dynamic partner.
[From] the earlier works of the set, . . . we move to a more open, resonant, and emotionally forward world in the later music. One gathers from both his program notes and the music itself, that Biscardi deeply loves the repertoire, finds inspiration from it, and often builds his pieces as responses to particular works. This is particularly true of The Viola Had Suddenly Become a Voice, which quotes a phrase of Schumann, and integrates it into its own fabric with the seamlessness of a dream.
Finally, the only nondescript thing about The Viola Had Suddenly Become a Voice is the title itself, which is taken from a line in an obscure mystery novel. Like Companion Piece, it is a lyrical, slightly melancholic and rather lovely short, written in memory of Jacob Glick, the violist father of American soprano Judith Bettina.
The Viola Had Suddenly Become a Voice (2005), title from an Andrea Camilleri mystery novel, is a short piece for viola and piano written in memory of violist Jacob Glick. It opens with a quote from Schumann's Piano Quartet, with Schumann changing back and forth into Biscardi in the form of more quotes from his own music.