Sheet Music: Score & Part(s)
Evocations : for clarinet, violin and piano / Harry Sdraulig.
by Harry Sdraulig (2016)
The title of this work has no specific programmatic significance. Nevertheless, I have attempted to evoke in musical terms a dreamlike sense of mystery and drama. The two Incantations, characterised by stark and declamatory insistence, may be considered musically analogous to the casting of spells. The Dance is lively and energetic, though often bubbling with the music rarely attaining any great volume. Sections of extended polyphony contrast with ever-changing rugged rhythmic elements and the overall movement places considerable demands on the virtuosity of the performers.
The Lullaby is unwaveringly gentle and, in many ways, a self-contained response to the often frantic or unsettled nature of the earlier movements. At times, the stillness and veiled dissonance in the piano recall harmonic textures of Messiaen, though deployed within a different context and harmonic language. The final pages eventually fade into tranquil silence, albeit with a sense that not all is resolved.
Published by: Wirripang [979 0 720172 64 4] — 1 score 20p. -- A4 (portrait)) and 2 parts
Duration: 11 mins
1. Incantation I -- 2. Dance -- 3. Incantation II -- 4. Lullaby.
Commissioned by Plexus Ensemble.
First performance by Plexus Ensemble — 10 Aug 16. Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre
Includes program notes.
ISMN: 979 0 720172 64 4
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