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After Before : Provenance Fantasia : for piano, violin and clarinet

by Linda Kouvaras (2017)

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Work Overview

The composer "brief" was to respond, "in any way," to the notion of provenance. The piece abstracts genres/pieces to which composer and PLEXUS performers, respectively, were exposed in their formative years, and which sparked a sense of thrill, joy, captivation - setting the path of a musical life. The meandering structure of the work alludes to the creative process as one's influences ebb and flow, rise and recede, fade and return and combine into newly-hued aggregates, from those early years to the present. It offers a potted meta-perspective for the provenance of Western art-music itself, reaching far back in time with a pastiche of an imagined Plato-esque soundscape. Along the way, there is a gentle, at times humorous, tussle between the genres at various points as they vie for supremacy in their historical moment - and within the musical DNA of the musician in their own historical point.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Violin, clarinet in B flat, piano.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — range of techniques but conventional, rather than many extended

Dedication note: Dedicated to Plexus Ensemble

Commission note: Commissioned by Plexus Ensemble.. Commissioned for the "Provenance" concert, as part of the Melbourne Recital Centre Southbank series

First performance: by Plexus Ensemble — 8 Sep 17. Melbourne Recital Centre

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
postmodern, eclectic styles


Performances of this work

8 Sep 17: Melbourne Recital Centre. Featuring Plexus Ensemble.

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