Sheet Music: Score & Part(s)
Towards the still point : clarinet in B flat and piano / Peter Rankine.
by Peter Rankine (1991)
This work was composed as a competition piece for finalists in a competition hosted by the Queensland Clarinet and Saxophone Society in 1991. It was first performed by Paul Dean and Stephen Emmerson, plus each of the twenty clarinet finalists.
T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets - passages of Burnt Norton in particular - inspired the music, which is an exploration of various experiences of time: muscular and corporeal in The Dance (Mvt I); "neither from nor towards", "still yet moving" (Mvt II); and a centring towards "the still point (of the turning world)" - "only through time, time is conquered" (Mvt III). From Fire By Fire and Time and the Bell are two other works by the same composer drawn from this same wellspring of ideas.
Published by: Birra Barra Music — 1 score (15p. -- A4 (portrait)) and 1 part (7p. -- A4 (portrait))
Difficulty: Advanced — challenging polymeters and rhythms, multiphonics
Duration: 9 mins
Three movements: 1. The Dance -- 2. (clarinet alone) "neither from, nor towards" -- 3. "Still and moving ... only through time".
Includes programme note and biographical notes on the composer.
This edition produced 2010.
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