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Vignettes of Paul Klee

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Vignettes of Paul Klee : three sketches for piccolo and soprano saxophone / Natalie Williams.

by Natalie Williams (2010)

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  • Instrumentation: Piccolo, soprano saxophone (can be substituted with flute and alto saxophone).
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    Performance by Duo Fujin from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists, vol. 43.


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These three short sketches are based on line drawings by early 20th century artist, Paul Klee. The opening sketch, The Twittering Machine is the subject of previous musical settings, in orchestral works by Gunther Schuller and Tan Dun. This piece for Duo Fujin reflects on the repetitive nature of the machinery depicted in Klee's drawing, while exploiting the upper registers of both solo instruments. Rapid rhythmic interplay and 'twittering' figures are characteristics of this movement.

Klee's Veil Dance outlines a single, faceless figure draped with a soft material veil. The figure is captured in a clumsy dance-step, with arms and legs outstretched, but seeming not to move anywhere. The motion of this piece adopts a similar structure; a slow, waltz-like dance based around a pair of oscillating chords that do not progress harmonically from their appearance in the first two measures.

Final Scene of a Tragicomedy is a satirical parody depicting a single tragic/comedic scene. Klee's drawing portrays four surreal stick-characters, all gathered on a stage around a ladder that fades into the distance behind them. The music reflects the comedic aspect of this drawing; each instrument weaves a series of disjointed and fleeting melodic fragments over an accompanying ostinato in the second voice.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (11p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 5 mins, 10 sec.

Contents note:

1. The Twittering Machine (1'40") -- 2. Veil Dance (1'30") -- 3. Final Scene of a Tragicomedy (2'10").

Commission info: Commissioned by Duo Fujin (Misty Theisen and Mark Ballard) for their 2011 North American concert tour.

First performance by Duo Fujin — 6 Mar 11. St. Mark's Methodist Church, Bloomington, IN (USA)

Includes programme notes and photos of the sketches.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720145-06-8

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This work is also available in the following products:

Selected works by AMC represented artists, vol. 43.
CD: Selected works by AMC represented artists, vol. 43.


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