Conversations About the Impossible (quintets: flute, clarinet, piano, violin, cello)
by Cathy Applegate (2018)
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Library shelf no. 785.2415/APP 1 [Available for loan]
This work for was inspired by a painting by artist, Kate Eagle. The original art work depicts a fox dressed in a suit and a clothed mermaid. They are sitting together on veranda steps having a serious conversation. The caption, handwritten in silver ink reads: Conversations About the Impossible. Applegate has responded by creating a quirky musical conversation in which ideas and gestures are 'discussed' by five players. Sometimes animated and at other times thoughtful, the music captures the ebb and flow of conversation: agreement, disagreement, argument, and interjection feature as the flow of ideas moves through the ensemble.
Instrumentation: Flute, clarinet in B flat, violin, cello, piano.
Duration: 6 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Changes in meter, extended techniques and demanding ensemble skills required
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc in relation to this work:
The style is inspired by Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. It is a mix of tonal and atonal approach and is highly chromatic but readily accessible to audiences. Extended techniques add interest.
- Inspired by: Visual arts works
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