Sinfonia in memoriam Peter Platt : for brass sextet
by Nicholas Routley (2000)
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This Sinfonia for brass sextet was written in memory of Peter Platt, Professor of Music at the University of Sydney from 1975 until his retirement in 1990, and who continued a close and nurturing relationship with the University until his death in 2001. His main contribution to musical scholarship was an edition of the music of the Jacobean composer Richard Deering for Musica Brittanica. This Sinfonia quotes a few bars from a particularly beautiful six-part madrigal by Deering, If sorrow might so fully be expressed at its climax, a madrigal in which Peter sang tenor in a performance by the Sydney Chamber Choir. However, the piece takes as its stylistic point of departure Peter Platt's fascination with the music of Stravinsky, its opening gestures recalling Symphonies of wind instruments, itself written in memory of Claude Debussy. Other quotations include a reference to the fugue from Bach's C major solo violin sonata, and a phrase from the Rite of Spring that has been removed from its ritual setting and given a refined, almost Debussy-like context. Peter had a quicksilver mind, always rushing from one thing to the next, never quite finishing anything, and this too is reflected in the musical construction of the Sinfonia.
Instrumentation: 2 horns in F, 2 trumpets in B flat, tenor trombone, bass trombone.
Duration: 7 min.
First performance: 7 Oct 01. Great Hall, University of Sydney
Performances of this work
7 Oct 01: Great Hall, University of Sydney
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