Program Notes Music for Viola and Percussion was written for two of Charles Knox's former students, Amy Leventhal, violist, and Scott Douglas, percussionist, who are now professional recitalists. They premiered this work on their Atlanta-based "Primrose Series" of concerts in the Spring of 1998.
Each instrumentalist participates equally throughout. The one-movement work is in six sections. Each section (after the first) begins with a metric modulation into a different meter. Beginning slowly, the pulse of the music gradually increases into the fourth section, where the climax of the piece is reached, and gradually decreases in the fifth and sixth. Thematically the composition could be described as an arch form: the last section is derived from the first (but in a different meter) and the next-to-last from the second.