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Chants at play, with solid background (trios: flute, bass clarinet, piano)

by Haydn Reeder (1990)

Audio Sample

Performance by Het Trio from the CD Chamber music I

Chamber music I


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Chamber music I / Haydn Reeder.

Library shelf no. CD 1528 [Available for loan]

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Chants at play, with solid background : for flute, bass clarinet and piano / Haydn Reeder.

Library shelf no. Q 785.2613/REE 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The title is similar to one which an artist may give to a painting. This is because the piece resonates with the influence on me of the Spanish-Australian artist Ignacio Marmol. 'Solid background' refers to the unvaried figuration played mainly by the pianist in the first section. Listeners may perceive it as solid only in terms of its unvarying structure.

There are two types of chant to be heard. The first, announced by the flute, is highly structured in that its durations and intervals are symmetrical, and subsequent transformations of it are based on a particular course of Change Ringing (bell ringing).

The second is reminiscent of the 'tumbling strain' type of Aboriginal chant; this occurs three times in the second half of the piece.

The inclusion of quite a number of heterogeneous materials in this piece, which lasts nearly eight minutes, extends from the virtuosic first half through the following porous slow section which is interrupted by the Aboriginal chant and violent outbursts, to the last section which is based on those outbursts.

Work Details

Year: 1990

Instrumentation: Flute, bass clarinet, piano.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Het Trio

Commission note: One of the works written as fulfillment of a Composer Fellowship awarded by the Victorian Government.

First performance: by Alpha Centauri Trio — 1 Jun 94. Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Performances of this work

1 Jun 94: Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Alpha Centauri Trio.

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