rhapsody for viola and orchestra, Op. 22
The Rhapsody for viola and orchestra, Op. 22 is a one-movement work of moderate difficulty for the soloist. Its orchestral scoring is for full, but not excessively large forces. Its lyrical style is tonal and slightly modernist, with a distinct, mid-western American cast. The Rhapsody would be very suitable for performance by a good university student.
Written in the spring of 1964 while Baber was a Master's student at the Eastman School of Music, it won the Louis Lane Award and was performed on the Festival of American Music, with the composer as soloist and Howard Hanson conducting the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra.
Scoring: 2, 2, 2, 2 - 4, 2, 3, 1, timp., str.