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Winter steps

Sheet Music: Score

Winter steps : for orchestra / Douglas Knehans.

by Douglas Knehans (2002)

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  • Instrumentation: Piccolo (doubling flute 3), 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 tenor trombones, tenor/bass trombone, bass tuba, timpani, percussion, piano/celeste, strings (14, 12, 10, 8, 6).
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    Performance by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Michael Brimer from the CD Selected works by Douglas Knehans


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Winter steps was composed in the early weeks of June, 1980 and was my first work for orchestra since graduating from undergraduate music school in Canberra in 1980. The intervening years were taken up (apart from some film and television music) solely with a set of five songs on which I worked very hard to liberate myself from the compositional techniques I had learned as an undergraduate. With these songs I intended to free myself from the constraints of what seemed to me 'self-conscious modernism'.

Winter steps is an extension of this liberation. My goal with this work was three-fold. Firstly, to use the form, like most composers, as a test of contrapuntal skill and invention. Secondly, as a study in orchestral colour and texture. Third, as a study in dissonance, tension, climax and resolution in the broader formal sense. Winter steps is to a ground of 9 bars with a subsequent set of eighteen variations. The theme, while not being clearly diatonic is implicitly tonal and this tonal bias is borne out in subsequent argument.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (37p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 11 mins

First performance by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Michael Brimer — 1981. Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Melbourne

Composer's no.: ae24

Previously titled: Passacaglia, Op. 3

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 2006.

ISMN: 979-0-67309-892-3

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