Chromatalea : chamber ensemble
by Haydn Reeder (1973)
The work is in two movements, the first being linearly conceived while the second is primarily harmonic. Chromatalea means colour series and the slow monody of the first movement allows the changes of timbre and articulation to be clearly heard. Perhaps because of the absence of harmony and repetition of melodic or rhythmic motives, quite a lot of tension is built up.
In the second movement neither the pitches nor the colour changes which each instrument uses are ordered serially. Nevertheless this is twelve-tone music. Four chords or phrases recur several times within a stream of ongoing thoughts which they interrupt or bring to a halt, thereby increasing the feeling of conflict.
Instrumentation: Flute/alto flute, clarinet in A/bass clarinet, violin/viola, violoncello.
Duration: 18 min.
Difficulty: Medium to advanced: special requirements to produce timbres.
First performance: by Musica Viva Ensemble — 1973. Morley College, London
Performances of this work
1973: Morley College, London. Featuring Musica Viva Ensemble.
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