BENEFICENT SHADOW - SEXTET FOR WINDS

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Alternate Title: 

Sextet for Winds, or Wind Sextet

Print Edition Price: 

$28.95 score
$36.95 set of 6 parts

Year Authored (or revised): 

2016

Instrumentation : 

fl/pic; fl/bsfl; cl1, cl2/bscl, bsn1, bsn2

Duration (min): 

17

First Performance: 

Sept. 25, 2010

While considering possibilities for fulfilling the VCME’s woodwind commission I happened upon reproductions of two famous paintings: The Mountain (Summertime), by Balthus, and Melancholy and Mystery of a Street, by De Chirico. The haunting treatment of shadows in these paintings was suggestive, leading me to a general musical conception of this piece. Ultimately, literary as well as visual shadow-symbol phantasmagoria inspired musical content, even encouraging my choice of instrumentation: two flutes doubling piccolo and bass flute, two clarinets-doubling bass clarinet, and two bassoons.

Ensemble Type: 

wind ensemble

Commissioned by the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble

2010 Original composition; 2016 new Edition

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