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Chaconne : for double flute choir

by Vaughan McAlley (2010)

Audio Sample

Performance by Peter Sheridan, Monash University Flute Ensemble from the CD Fantasie Australis

Work Overview

Chaconne was originally composed for double string orchestra, and was easy to adapt for double flute choir. Listeners familiar with Bach's famous chaconne (from the Partita for solo violin in D minor BWV 1004) may notice allusions to Bach's rhythm and structure, which are themselves part of the chaconne tradition. This chaconne consists of twenty-one cycles, a Fibonacci number that is broken down into successively smaller Fibonacci numbers to provide the structure of the piece. Most notable is three cycles of strict canon between the two choirs leading into the climax: three cycles worth of ten-part counterpoint. Non-technical readers are advised not to worry about cycles and Fibonacci numbers, and are encouraged just to enjoy the music!

Work Details

Year: 2010

Instrumentation: Minimum 4 C flutes, 2 alto flutes, 2 bass flutes, 2 contrabass flutes

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Very contrapuntal

Commission note: Arranged for flute choir at the request of Peter Sheridan.

First performance: by Monash University Flute Ensemble — 23 Sep 11. Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University, Melbourne

Performances of this work

23 Sep 11: Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University, Melbourne. Featuring Monash University Flute Ensemble.

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