Calling music, op. 39 : Contrafactum I: "Soave sia il vento"
by Andrew Schultz (1989)
Performance by The Hunter Orchestra, Roland Peelman from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 105
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Calling Music was composed in 1991-92 for The Hunter Orchestra with financial assistance from an Australia Council Composer Fellowship. The work is dedicated to Roland Peelman, the orchestra's musical director.
The beautiful trio, "Soave sia il vento," from Mozart's opera, Cosi fan tutte, forms a starting - or rather, an ending - point for Calling Music. The text of that short piece is as follows: "Gentle be the breeze, calm be the waves, and every element smile in favour on their wish." My piece makes a number of references to that tender part of the opera and the earlier cries of farewell: "Addio! Addio! Addio!."
A 'contrafactum' is a vocal composition in which the original text is replaced by a new one; in this case the music is borrowed but without the voices - creating an absence or a gap.
Instrumentation: 2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in A & B flat (2nd clarinet doubling bass clarinet), 2 bassoons, 2 horns in F, 2 trumpets in C, percussion (1 player), strings.
Duration: 16 min.
Dedication note: To Roland, with affection and esteem
Commission note: Commissioned for Hunter Symphony Orchestra.. Composed with the aid of an Australia Council Composer Fellowship
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