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Morning star II : for flute, clarinet in B flat, violin, cello & piano

by Paul Stanhope (1993)

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Performance by Australia Ensemble from the CD Chamber music

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Work Overview

Morning Star II is the second in a series of three chamber pieces. Roger Covell writes:

"The piece establishes rhythmic figures and repeated chordal and thematic patterns in a manner related to minimalist textures, though there are unmistakable influences from the special manner of some Australian Aboriginal music. Extended echoes of Aboriginal melodies appear in the flute part, followed by the violin. A cadenza-like solo passage for flute releases the music from its driving tempo. This is followed by an Adagio section including songlike solos for clarinet and cello. A third section restores the piece's original driving momentum, now decorated more floridly by all the instruments."

Morning Star II was awarded the 2MBS-FM Young Composer Award in 1993.

Work Details

Year: 1993

Instrumentation: Flute, clarinet in Bb, violin, cello, piano.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional or high level student performers

First performance: by Australia Ensemble — 6 Sep 94. Clancy Auditorium, University of New South Wales

Awarded the 2MBS-FM Young Composer Award in 1993 and first performed by the Australia Ensemble, Clancy Auditorium, University of NSW [Sydney], 6 September 1994. Radio broadcast: 2MBS-FM, 20 September 1994.


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Performances of this work

18 Oct 2016: at Songs for the Shadowland (Salle Philharmonique, Liège (Philharmonic Room of Liège)).

7 Aug 2009: at Morning Stars (Jupiters Townsville). Featuring Southern Cross Soloists.

6 Sep 99: Clancy Auditorium, Univeristy of New South Wales, Sydney. Featuring Australia Ensemble.

6 Sep 94: Clancy Auditorium, University of New South Wales. Featuring Australia Ensemble.

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