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Three magic pieces

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Three magic pieces : for cello and piano / Alicia Grant.

by Alicia Grant (2006)

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  • Instrumentation: Cello, piano.
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I. Twelfthly Conjure

The imaginative conjuring up of thematic material twelve times evokes musically the idea of a magic ritual.

II. Night Spell

The piano's unceasing stream of repeated semiquavers creates a hypnotic surface upon which the cello's singing line sways about in a dream-like fashion. The vocal melody of the cello constantly evolves in shape and register, gathering momentum and tension, as if casting a spell.

III. The Exile of Paracelsus

The melancholic melody is inspired by the wanderings of Swiss-born Renaissance physician and alchemist, Paracelsus (1493-1541). Angering his conservative colleagues, he rejected the prevailing classical traditions of taught medicine and was forced to live a life 'in exile'. Constantly journeying from place to place, he was called by some Lutherus medicorum, the Luther of physicians. He believed that the virtue of alchemy lay in its potential to cure disease rather than forge gold, and he is recognised today as a precursor to modern pharmacology. Paracelsus died a modest itinerant. 'A restless wanderer for whom the earth was but a place of sorrow - such is the figure of Paracelsus as he is known to us', stated the psychologist Jolande Jacobi.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score 28p. -- A4 (portrait)) and 1 part (9p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 16 mins

Contents note:

Twelfthly Conjure -- Night Spell -- The Exile of Paracelsus.

Dedicated to Oliver Coates, Jeremy Eskenazi

Commissioned by Oliver Coates.

First performance by Oliver Coates, Jeremy Eskenazi — 29 Apr 06. Kent College Pembury, Tunbridge Wells, UK

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 2007.

ISMN: 979-0-720144-17-7

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