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Spirits and Shadows
It is thought that in Beethoven’s ‘Ghost’ Trio the composer was experimenting with material he would use in an opera based upon Macbeth. Although this was never to eventuate, the Piano Trio has an intriguingly elusive, shadowy quality. Dr Patricia Brown’s celebration of the magnificent career of her husband and colleague, Professor Roger Covell, coincides with the 80th birthday of the composer Nigel Butterley, whose work Spindles of the Stars is included in the program. Max Bruch, whose famous violin concerto overshadows many of his other works, was also an important composer of chamber music; this program includes selections from his Eight Pieces for clarinet, viola and piano including the mysterious Nocturne. And in a spectacular end to the first half of the program, flautist Geoffrey Collins is joined by two dancers in a newly-choreographed version of Thea Musgrave’s Narcissus for solo flute and digital delay. Here both musicians and dancers play delightfully with ideas of reflections and shadows.
Featured non-Australian music: Bruch, Musgrave, Beethoven
Featured Australian Works
|Spindles of the stars : for flute/piccolo, clarinet in B flat, violin, cello and piano (2005) by Nigel Butterley|
— performed by Australia Ensemble
- Performer Australia Ensemble
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