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Velasquez in a Room of Fire

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

Velasquez in a Room of Fire : for wind quintet / Victoria Pham.

by Victoria Pham (2017)

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  • Instrumentation: Flute, oboe, clarinet in Bb, French horn in F, bassoon.


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I have always admired the paintings of the 17th century, particularly that of Velasquez. Although it seems quite presumptious to be composing a work that pays homage to the magnitude of his repertoire, I am, instead, referencing an occurrence to one of his most well-known paintings, Les Meninas. In 1734, a fire ravaged the Alcazar castle where Les Meninas hung. The painting, renowned for its enigmatic composition and complex audience-figure interaction, was saved. My quirky work is a reaction to this short, almost anecdotal tale of a Valesquez in a room of Fire.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 5 performance parts (14p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium — AMEB Level 6

Duration: 5 mins, 20 sec.

Dedication note: Dedicated to my mother, who probably doesn't like the idea of her favourite artist burning.
Commission info: Commissioned by the Art Gallery of NSW: Brett Whiteley Studio - Chamber Music Series.

First performance 18 Nov 18. Brett Whitely Studio, NSW

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