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Reeds, reflections....ripples re-sound, resound (quartets: oboe, violin, viola, cello)

by Jennifer Fowler (1990)

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Performance by Capricorn Ensemble from the CD Works of Jennifer Fowler. Transcriptions Disc 5

Works of Jennifer Fowler. Transcriptions Disc 5


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Reeds, reflections....ripples re-sound, resound...


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Work Overview

As can be seen from the title, this piece is concerned with wave-like structures, with fluidity of movement, and with parallels between the parts.

The protagonist who sets the waves in motion is the oboe player (the reed instrument). The other instruments closely mirror the oboe and each other, and each instrument occupies its own space, rarely crossing that of another. In fact, the piece is a 4 part canon - a canon being a built-in echo device - in this case a slightly disguised echo. Just as the pitch is not echoed exactly, so the rhythm is either bunched up or spread more widely: intending to evoke parallel, but slightly distorted ripples.

Work Details

Year: 1990

Instrumentation: Oboe, violin, viola, cello.

Duration: 14 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: "This piece is dedicated to the daughter of a friend: Ellen Lucy (2nd Sept 1990 - 6th Sept 1990)"

Commission note: Commissioned by Capricorn Ensemble.

First performance: by Capricorn Ensemble — 1 Dec 90. St Pancras Parish Church, London, UK

Funded by the Holst Award & Greater London Arts.

Performances of this work

5 Apr 91: St George's Church, Brandon Hill, Bristol, UK. Featuring Capricorn Ensemble.

14 Mar 91: Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York, York, UK. Featuring Capricorn Ensemble.

1 Dec 90: St Pancras Parish Church, London, UK. Featuring Capricorn Ensemble.

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