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Making angels : for flute, clarinet in B flat and piano

by Katy Abbott (2001)

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Performance by Syzygy Ensemble from the CD Sunburnt aftertones

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Work Overview

The inspiration behind this piece comes from the sculptures of Michelangelo's sculptures Four Prisoners / Quattro Prigioni that date from ca.1521 -1523 and are housed in Florence, Italy at the Galleria 'Dell Accademia. I recall being shocked when viewing the sculptures due to the raw power I perceived them to muster as they try to escape the marble block. The music tries to capture the inseparability of the prisoner and the marble, the textural differences within the sculpture but also the wrought emotion portrayed by the figures.

Making Angels has also been performed and broadcast around Australia by numerous ensembles including the Melbourne International Arts Festival 2005.

A companion piece for Making Angels will be composed in 2010 for alto flute, bass clarinet and piano commissioned by Syzygy Ensemble.

Work Details

Year: 2001

Instrumentation: Flute, clarinet in B flat, piano.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Tertiary student or professional.

First performance: by New York Composer's Ensemble — 17 Jul 01. Florence Summer Concert Series, Church of St. Stephen by the Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy.

Revised 2019.


Performances of this work

8 Jun 2024: at Ensemble CANE: Visionary Voices (Tempo Rubato). Featuring Adam McMillan, Niels Bijl, Eliza Shephard.

21 Apr 2021: at Sutherland Trio - Making Angels (Live streaming event (online only)). Featuring Sutherland Trio.

4 Jun 2020: at Syzygy Ensemble: Our Australian Legacy (Live streaming event (online only)). Featuring Syzygy Ensemble.

2 Dec 2018: at Ensemble Muse (107 Projects). Featuring Ensemble MUSE.

21 Mar 2011: at Otherworldly Winds (Recital Hall East). Featuring Sue Newsome, Jeanell Carrigan, Alexa Still.

15 Aug 2010: at Syzygy Ensemble @ Winter in Banyule Arts festival (Banyule Art Space). Featuring Julia Stoppa, Laila Engle, Leigh Harrold.

13 Jun 2010: at Syzygy Ensemble- Metaphysical Morsels (Guildford Lane Gallery). Featuring Leigh Harrold, Julia Stoppa, Laila Engle.

4 Dec 2009: at Syzygy Ensemble 2010 series launch (Guildford Lane Gallery). Featuring Julia Stoppa, Laila Engle, Leigh Harrold.

2 May 2009: at Australian Chamber Ensemble (Conservatorium Recital Hall (Hobart)). Featuring Janine Hanharan, Brigid Burke, Lachlan Redd.

17 Jul 01: Florence Summer Concert Series, Church of St. Stephen by the Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy.. Featuring New York Composer's Ensemble.

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