Miniatures : for clarinet in B flat and piano
by Andrew Anderson (2017)
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Anderson's Miniatures is a celebration of the small: from small creatures (Ugly Ducklings) and things (Toy Trains), to brief time spans (A Butterfly at Sunset) and shortened forms (Précis and - ironically - In the Form of a Grand Fugue). The opening miniature announces the generally light-hearted nature of the work with its up-tempo spoof of a famous work by Saint-Saëns (a man known for his down-tempo satire). There is, however, pathos to be found. In A Butterfly at Sunset we find the colours of a butterfly no more resplendent than when lit by the fiery glow of the setting sun, but we are also aware that this moment heralds the end of the day and - according to popular myth - the butterfly too. In Vigil, anguished pre-dawn hours are echoed in the work, eventually to be banished by the arrival of a new day and renewed hope. Overall, with its structural similarities and musical allusions to The Carnival of the Animals, Anderson's Miniatures might be seen as a small (!) tribute to Saint-Saens' masterpiece: a Carnival of the Small, as it were.
Instrumentation: Clarinet in B flat, piano.
Contents note: Overture & Miniature I: Ugly Ducklings -- Miniature II: A Butterfly at Sunset -- Miniature III: Toy Trains -- Miniature IV: Vigil (Through the Small Hours) -- Miniature V: In the Form of a Grand Fugue -- Fermeture & Miniature VI: Musette & Précis.
Dedication note: Dedicated to David Rowden
Commission note: Commissioned by David Rowden.
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