Making angels : for flute, clarinet in B flat and piano
by Katy Abbott (2001)
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The inspiration behind this piece comes from the sculptures of
Michelangelo's sculptures Four Prisoners / Quattro Prigioni that
date from ca.1521 -1523 and are housed in Florence, Italy at the
Galleria 'Dell Accademia. I recall being shocked when viewing the
sculptures due to the raw power I perceived them to muster as
they try to escape the marble block. The music tries to capture
the inseparability of the prisoner and the marble, the textural
differences within the sculpture but also the wrought emotion
portrayed by the figures.
Making Angels has also been performed and broadcast around Australia by numerous ensembles including the Melbourne International Arts Festival 2005.
A companion piece for Making Angels will be composed in 2010 for alto flute, bass clarinet and piano commissioned by Syzygy Ensemble.
Instrumentation: Flute, clarinet in B flat, piano.
Duration: 7 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Tertiary student or professional.
First performance: by New York Composer's Ensemble — 17 Jul 01. Florence Summer Concert Series, Church of St. Stephen by the Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy.
- Inspired by: Visual arts works
Performances of this work
17 Jul 01: Florence Summer Concert Series, Church of St. Stephen by the Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy.. Featuring New York Composer's Ensemble.
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