My piece Tableau XII, for solo viola is a part of a series of solo pieces that I’ve been writing since the fall of 2019. Each work is for a different solo instrument and explores the expressive possibilities of each. Some composers of the latter half of the20th century have explored this idea, notably Luciano Berio (16 Sequenzas), Vincent Persichetti (25 Parables), and Elliott Carter (6 Figments and 5 Retracings). Coincidentally, these are some of my favorite composers. This Tableau was commissioned by New York Public Radio for violist Jordan Bak.