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About the work:
The composer writes: 'Rebirth is a setting for viola and orchestra of an earlier work (1990) for viola and prerecorded audio titled The Mega4 Meta4. The original work was commissioned by violist Douglas Perry with funds from the Ontario Arts Council and recorded on CD by Steven Dann. One of the most dynamic works of my early composing period, The Mega4 Meta4 did not enjoy an extensive presence on the concert stage, at least compared to some of my more recent works: few violists could rise to the technical demands of the piece and usually these players were not accustomed to performing mixed media works. In 2001 Steven Dann asked me to consider rethinking The Mega4 Meta4 as a piece for viola and orchestra, pointing out the fact that most of the tape part in the original work was “orchestral sounding” in the first place. Rebirth is the result of this rethinking.'