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Donaxis quartet : for oboe, clarinet, bassoon and piano

by Charles Bodman Rae (1987)

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Performance by Renae Stavely, Geoffrey Bourgault de Coudray, Leah Stevenson, Charles Bodman Rae from the CD Donaxis quartet

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Donaxis quartet / Charles Bodman Rae.

Library shelf no. CD 2344 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Donaxis Quartet is in five movements with cyclic thematic connections between them. The first is slow, and sets out the harmonic and melodic ideas that grow from the axis point on middle C. The second is slightly faster and presents duos for the three wind instruments and piano. The third is faster still and functions as a kind of scherzo-rondo, for the three wind instruments without piano. The fourth reprises material from the first, second and third, and takes us to the climax of the work in an expansive ad libitum section dominated by woodwind trills. The fifth and final movement presents an old gaelic melody identified with the song Ca the Yowes by Robert Burns. The harmonic treatment of the melody is original and is not an arrangement of the song. An unexpected twist to the melody in its third 'verse' brings the work full circle to end with the same tritone axis (C to F sharp) with which it began.

Work Details

Year: 1987

Instrumentation: Oboe, clarinet, bassoon, piano.

Duration: 24 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. Adagio -- II. Andante -- III. Allegro -- IV. Adagio - Andante - Allegro - Ad libitum -- V. Adagio.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Donaxis Ensemble, Michael McKenna

Commission note: Commissioned by Michael McKenna for performance by Donaxis Ensemble with funds provided by Yorkshire Arts Association.

First performance: by Donaxis Ensemble, Michael McKenna, Simon Butterworth, David Chatwin, Keith Swallow — 10 Aug 87. Harrogate International Festival, UK

Performances of this work

10 Aug 87: Harrogate International Festival, UK. Featuring Donaxis Ensemble, Michael McKenna, Simon Butterworth, David Chatwin, Keith Swallow.

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