Sheet Music: Score
The arch window : for solo harp / Paul Stanhope.
by Paul Stanhope (1998)
The title "The Arch Window" suggests images of refracted light through stained glass, and also hints at the structural design of this piece. In ornate stained-glass windows one often finds small panels making up larger arch-shaped designs. In the same way, this piece is made up of a number of small variations of a simple theme and ground bass, which form a larger arch-shape structure. This simple melodic theme drifts in and out of focus throughout the work, becoming more decorative as the figurations become increasingly virtuosic. A contemplative, central "panel" in this work gives the opportunity for gentle reflection before the music launches into swirling arpeggiated figures and an exuberant climax.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (9p. -- A4 (portrait))
Difficulty: Advanced — Postgrad level student or professional
Duration: 6 mins
Dedicated to Marshall McGuire
Commissioned by Marshall McGuire.
First performance by Marshall McGuire — 19 Sep 99. The Studio, Sydney Opera House
Includes programme notes.
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