Velasquez in a Room of Fire : For wind quintet
by Victoria Pham (2017)
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Library shelf no. 785.4315/PHA 1 [Available for loan]
I have always admired the paintings of the 17th century, particularly that of Velasquez. Although it seems quite presumptious to be composing a work that pays homage to the magnitude of his repertoire, I am, instead, referencing an occurrence to one of his most well-known paintings, Les Meninas. In 1734, a fire ravaged the Alcazar castle where Les Meninas hung. The painting, renowned for its enigmatic composition and complex audience-figure interaction, was saved. My quirky work is a reaction to this short, almost anecdotal tale of a Valesquez in a room of Fire.
Instrumentation: Flute, oboe, clarinet in Bb, French horn in F, bassoon.
Duration: 6 min.
Difficulty: Medium — AMEB Level 6
Dedication note: Dedicated to my mother, who probably doesn't like the idea of her favourite artist burning.
Commission note: Commissioned by the Art Gallery of NSW: Brett Whiteley Studio - Chamber Music Series.
First performance: 18 Nov 18. Brett Whitely Studio, NSW
Performances of this work
18 Nov 18: Brett Whitely Studio, NSW
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