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Sheet Music: Score & Part(s)

East : aubade for flugelhorn and piano / Neil Kelly.

by Neil Kelly (2010)


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Must to thy motions lovers' seasons run?
Busy old fool, unruly Sun,
Why dost thou thus, Through windows, and through curtains, call on us? Must to thy motions lovers' seasons run?
(John Donne)

An aubade is a poem or song of or about lovers separating at dawn. Aubade has also been defined as "a song or instrumental composition concerning, accompanying, or evoking daybreak."

The form has some dramatic elements, since the poem is often a dialogue between the lovers, one saying that dawn is near and they must part, and the other answering no. There is often a refrain, in which the watchman, or occasionally the jealous husband, warns the lovers of the approaching dawn. Aubades were in the repertory of troubadours in Europe in the Middle Ages.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (5p. -- A4 (portrait)) and 1 part (1p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium

Duration: 4 mins

Commission info: Commissioned for 'Constellation' installation by Madeline Flynn and Tim Humphrey

First performance 1 Jul 10. Performed at exhibition opening at Red Gallery, Fitzroy North, Melbourne

It is important that the flugelhorn player enters the performance space very slowly from the East and arrives at the piano only as the horn melody begins to move.

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ISMN: 979-0-720130-33-0

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