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Mephisto, op. 41 : for flute (doubling alto flute), B flat clarinet, guitar, violin, viola, double bass

by Andrew Schultz (1990)

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Performance by Perihelion, Gwyn Roberts from the CD Chamber music

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Work Overview

Mephisto was composed in the first half of 1990 in response to a commission from Elision Ensemble with funding assistance from the Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council. The original brief for the work was to compose a sextet (flute, clarinet, guitar, violin, viola, double bass) calling on the ensemble's normal membership excluding percussion. Members of Elision gave the first performance in Melbourne in a joint concert with the visiting Italian ensemble, Gruppo Bruno Maderna. The work was performed by them in Italy the following year. Mephisto is virtuosic and exuberant and has attracted notable performances in London and Oslo and on a CD with Perihelion.

Work Details

Year: 1990

Instrumentation: Flute (doubling alto flute), B flat clarinet, guitar, violin, viola, double bass.

Duration: 22 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: 1. Dead Song -- 2. Wave Music and Strange Hymn -- 3. Interlude -- 4. Night Flight -- 5. trans . . . 

Commission note: Commissioned by Elision Ensemble with funds provided by Australia Council. Performing Arts Board.

First performance: by Ensemble Bruno Maderna, Elision Ensemble, Fabio Neri — 21 Aug 91. Melba Hall, University of Melbourne


Mephisto, by Andrew Schultz (4th and 5th movements only)

Performances of this work

21 Aug 91: Melba Hall, University of Melbourne. Featuring Ensemble Bruno Maderna, Elision Ensemble, Fabio Neri.

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