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The Princess and the cello alliance (quartets: 4 cellos)

by John Nottle (2016)

Work Overview

The Princess and the Cello Alliance begins with a cavatina -a short song-like section, exploring modality in a contrapuntal style that allows each voice to express itself lyrically. The 2nd section is more robust and technically challenging. However, the 4th voice has been deliberately kept as simple as the music will allow in order that a student, or students, of a lesser technical ability can participate in the ensemble.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Cello quartet or ensemble.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Medium — senior secondary school students

Commission note: Commissioned by the Sydney Suzuki Cello Institute

The composer notes the following submitted styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
This work is in binary form. The slow, lyrical cavatina explores the octatonic scale. The 2nd energetic section, in D minor, draws on Vivaldi's string writing.

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