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Towards the still point : for clarinet and piano

by Peter Rankine (1991)

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Performance by Stephen Emmerson, Floyd Williams from the CD Dreamtracks

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Towards the still point


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Towards the still point : clarinet in B flat and piano / Peter Rankine.

Library shelf no. 788.62/RAN 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

This work was composed as a competition piece for finalists in a competition hosted by the Queensland Clarinet and Saxophone Society in 1991. It was first performed by Paul Dean and Stephen Emmerson, plus each of the twenty clarinet finalists.

T.S. Eliot's ­­Four Quartets - passages of Burnt Norton in particular - inspired the music, which is an exploration of various experiences of time: muscular and corporeal in The Dance (Mvt I); "neither from nor towards", "still yet moving" (Mvt II); and a centring towards "the still point (of the turning world)" - "only through time, time is conquered" (Mvt III). From Fire By Fire and Time and the Bell are two other works by the same composer drawn from this same wellspring of ideas.

Work Details

Year: 1991

Instrumentation: Clarinet in B flat, piano.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — challenging polymeters and rhythms, multiphonics

Contents note: Three movements: 1. The Dance -- 2. (clarinet alone) "neither from, nor towards" -- 3. "Still and moving ... only through time".

Commission note: Commissioned in 1991 by the Queensland Clarinet and Saxophone Society, this was a competition piece for finalists in the festival hosted by the Society in Brisbane that year.


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