BENEFICENT SHADOW - SEXTET FOR WINDS

BENEFICENT SHADOW - SEXTET FOR WINDS

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Instrumentation
fl/pic; fl/bsfl; cl1, cl2/bscl, bsn1, bsn2
Alternate Title
Sextet for Winds, or Wind Sextet
Year Authored (or revised)
Duration (min)
17
Movements

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Description

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.

Comments

Commissioned by the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble

2010 Original composition; 2016 new Edition

First Perfomance
Sept. 25, 2010
Recording

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Text Language - Non English

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Text Source/Author

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Ensemble Type
wind ensemble
Genre/Theme

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Instrument
flute (dbl picc) , clarinet , bassoon , bass flute

Files & Media

Audio
read_beneficentshadow_excerpt_mvmt_1.mp3
Audio file
read_beneficentshadow_excerpt_mvmt_2.mp3
Audio file
Video
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