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Divertimento for Strings

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Divertimento for Strings : (The First Six Weeks) / Colin Spiers.

by Colin Spiers (1987)

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  • Instrumentation: String orchestra.
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This work was written in response to the birth of the composer's daughter Ursula, with each of the five movements reflecting aspects of the first six weeks of her life. Thus, mvt. 1 is a condensed sonata form piece portraying her birth and the exhilaration of this; mvt. 2 is a lullaby with the leaders of each section singing a solo for the child; mvt. 3 is a scherzo reflecting the happiness of her parents; mvt. 4 is a passacaglia depicting long sleepless nights; while mvt. 5 is a double fugue representing bright hopes for the future. The entire work is based upon motifs drawn from the opening swirling ostinato figure.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (113p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Requires excellent technical flexibility, and sophisticated ensemble skills

Duration: 36 min.

Contents note:

1. Allegro -- 2. Andantino -- 3. Scherzo, Vivace -- 4. Lento -- 5. Maestoso, Con brio.

Dedication note: "For Ursula on her birthday"

First performance by Queensland Symphony Orchestra — 1989.

The composer notes the following influences, subjects, styles etc associated with this work:
Neo-classic, influenced by early to mid 20th century English string music.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 3 Apr 20.

ISMN: 979-0-67311-511-8

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Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
CD: Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Divertimento for Strings
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