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Conversations About the Impossible (quintets: flute, clarinet, piano, violin, cello)

by Cathy Applegate (2018)

Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 2018

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.


Performances of this work

1 Aug 20: Darwin Entertainment Centre. Featuring Tania Watts, Stephen Pevely, Netanela Mizrahi, Amelia Noble, Chen Hui Tan.

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