Like the Viola Concerto four years earlier, the Monologue for Viola and Strings (1989) was written for Yuri Bashmet. The work is in a single movement and, despite its paradoxical title, displays many of the concertante features also found in the Viola Concerto.
Schnittke described the Monologue as “…a movement that develops almost strictly in sonata form, actually a monologue for the soloist.
A page from the autograph of the Monologue for viola and string orchestra
MONOLOGUE FOR VIOLA AND STRING ORCHESTRA (Music text example)