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The arch window : for solo harp

by Paul Stanhope (1998)

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CharM / Marshall McGuire, harp.

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The arch window : for solo harp / Paul Stanhope.

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Work Overview

The title "The Arch Window" suggests images of refracted light through stained glass, and also hints at the structural design of this piece. In ornate stained-glass windows one often finds small panels making up larger arch-shaped designs. In the same way, this piece is made up of a number of small variations of a simple theme and ground bass, which form a larger arch-shape structure. This simple melodic theme drifts in and out of focus throughout the work, becoming more decorative as the figurations become increasingly virtuosic. A contemplative, central "panel" in this work gives the opportunity for gentle reflection before the music launches into swirling arpeggiated figures and an exuberant climax.

Work Details

Year: 1998

Instrumentation: Harp.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Postgrad level student or professional

Dedication note: Dedicated to Marshall McGuire

Commission note: Commissioned by Marshall McGuire.

First performance: by Marshall McGuire — 19 Sep 99. The Studio, Sydney Opera House

Performances of this work

19 Sep 99: The Studio, Sydney Opera House. Featuring Marshall McGuire.

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