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stratagem for light without words

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A stratagem for light without words : recorder quintet / Luke Styles.

by Luke Styles (2011)


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A Stratagem for Light brings together voices and recorders fusing together their similarities as well as playing on their differences. Taking up the recurrent themes of light and dark in the text by the London poet Jacob Sam-La Rose, the work moves progressively from a state of lightness to increasing darkness. This movement is most tangible in the shifting instrumentation of each of the twelve movements, but its traces can be found throughout the work in a conflict of percussive versus direct sounds or the clarity versus clouding of a harmonic pallet.

A Stratagem for Light was premiered in January 2011 by Consortium5 and Juice at the Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, London. It has received further performances at the Colourscape Festival London and, as a version without voices, at numerous other venues, as well as on BBC Radio 3's programme In Tune. The creation of the piece was generously supported by PRS for Music Foundation, Britten-Pears Foundation and RVW Trust.

A Stratagem for Light Without Words is a version for recorders only. It includes arrangements of movements from A Stratagem for Light with voices for recorders.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (24p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 20 mins

Commissioned by Consortium5.

First performance by Consortium5 — 6 Apr 11. St James Picadilly, London

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ISMN: 979-0-720125-94-7

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