Sextet

Length: 12'
Price: £3.00


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Performances:
Denis Arnold Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, 7th Mar 2012
The Meeting House, University of Sussex, 10th Sep 2011
King's Place, London W1 , 27th Sep 2010

Moods:
rhythmic, polyphonic, lyrical, fast

Publisher: UYMP ; ISMN: M 57020 231 7

Genre: Works for 2-6 players

fl, cl, perc, pno, vn, vc.
Written for The New Music Players in 1999.

This piece is in three movements and is scored for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion (marimba/vibraphone). The first movement references the 'In Nomine' instrumental form favoured by composers writing for viol consorts up until Purcell's time. The third movement is more abstractly related to a  pre-existing form - the 'ground', or repeating bass line over which new music is created. The second movement (which was composed last) creates harmonic fields across which instrumental lines flow, reflected above and below the chords of the piano and vibraphone.

In 2010 the second movement was used as an accompaniment to a short silent film by Lizzie Thynne on photographer Claude Cahun entitled 'Surrealist Picnic II'.

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