Bodice and ribbons (quintets: flute, oboe, violin, viola, cello)
by Luke Styles (2015)
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Melodic weaving, twisting and turning engulfs the flute and oboe at the start of Bodice and Ribbons, creating ever changing lines that seem to be familiar but out of shape and tied up. The strings punctuate this play with increasing rhythmic drive eventually spilling over into interlocking pizzicato grooves. We then pass into a seemingly new musical world of expressive scales evoking the work's baroque links and reminding us of the melodic intricacies that started the work. The work ends with a culmination of the harmonic language that the piece has expressed.
It has been a thrill to write for such a talented group of musicians as the Inventi Ensemble, and to have the chance to make a small contribution to the Australian cultural landscape.
Instrumentation: Flute, oboe, violin, viola, cello.
Duration: 12 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Inventi Ensemble
Commission note: Commissioned by Inventi Ensemble.
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