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Helix reflection : for flute and Bb clarinet

by Jane Stanley (2013)

Work Overview

Helix Reflection is a concentrated meditation for flute and clarinet. An impetus for the piece was the image of a double helix. This is evoked musically through interweaving melodic activity between the two lines. The piece opens with the two instruments playing sustained notes separated by a small interval. Their sonorities are coloured with microtonal inflections, glissandi and variations in vibrato. Over time harmonic stasis gives way to greater mobility and melodic ornamentation.

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: Flute, clarinet in B flat.

Duration: 5 min.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Jason Noble, Lamorna Nightingale

First performance: by Lamorna Nightingale, Jason Noble — 18 Oct 13. Concert Hall, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Performances of this work

11 Dec 2019: at Metal and Wood - Musica Viva Sessions Adelaide (Wigg & Sons Building - State Theatre Company of South Australia). Featuring Anna Coleman, Melanie Walters.

4 Mar 2018: at Tessera by Ensemble Offspring (ArtisTree: Taikoo Place ). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

3 Mar 2015: at Surface Tension (Paddington Uniting Church). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

23 Mar 2014: at Ensemble Offspring: Three and Under (Central Coast Conservatorium). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

21 Mar 2014: at Kupka's Piano with Ensemble Offspring (The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

18 Mar 2014: at Ensemble Offspring: Three and Under (Riverside Theatres, Parramatta). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

16 Mar 2014: at Ensemble Offspring: Three and Under (Jetty Memorial Theatre). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

22 Nov 2013: at Ensemble Offspring: Sagittarius (The New Hall, Sydney Grammar School). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

16 Nov 2013: at FINÉ (Campbelltown Arts Centre). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

18 Oct 13: Concert Hall, University of Glasgow, Scotland. Featuring Jason Noble, Lamorna Nightingale.

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