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Cosmic Picture Book

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The Cosmic Picture Book : for symphonic wind orchestra, five orchestral impressions after Paul Klee / Mark Grandison.

by Mark Grandison (2017)

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  • Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, clarinet in E flat, 3 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet in B flat, contrabass clarinet in B flat, soprano saxophone in B flat, 2 alto saxophones in E flat, tenor saxophone in B flat, baritone saxophone in E flat, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 2 cornets in B flat, 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, euphonium in B flat, tuba, timpani, percussion (5 players), piano, harp, double bass.
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The inspiration for each of these movements is a painting by the extraordinarily inventive mid-20th Century painter, Paul Klee. My musical impressions were sparked in equal measure by his unique technical facility, his sensual use of line and colour, and the resonant symbolism employed - the latter sometimes juxtaposing a childlike simplicity with profoundly mystical qualities.


The collective title of Cosmic Picture Book comes from a 1923 article by Leopold Zahn, in which the term is employed to encapsulate Klee's mysticism and 'serene visions of new worlds'.

These five paintings survey a broad spectrum of Klee's life experiences, ranging from the transcendently beautiful to the darkest manifestations of personal horrors. As Klee himself said of this comprehensive and unyielding exploration of the human condition: 'To emphasize only the beautiful seems to me to be like a mathematical system that only concerns itself with positive numbers.'


Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (89p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 20 mins

Contents note:

1. Twittering Machine -- 2. Full Moon -- 3. Dance of the Moth -- 4. Insula Dulcamara -- 4. Outburst of Fear.

First performance 29 Jun 19. Symphonic Wind Orchestra Vooruit, Harelbeke, Belgium

Includes program note.

Winner of the 7th Harelbecke International Composition Competition, (Belgium).

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 9790720211268

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