Phoenix Chaconne : 5 viols and continuo
by Brooke Green (2019)
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We begin with layers of downward trilled glissandi to depict the Phoenix falling from the sky. There is a long, slow recovery dance as she builds up her strength to rise again, then one bass viol throws down the gauntlet to the other before they jam together. Eventually, the phoenix swoops up into the heavens as we glissando upwards, aiming for our highest harmonics. Even though this piece is in French baroque mode, I can't help thinking of Elizabeth I who adopted the phoenix as one of her emblems. The phoenix appears as a jewel worn by Elizabeth in the portrait by Nicholas Hilliard.
Instrumentation: Treble viol, 2 tenor viol, 2 bass viol, continuo (theorbo/harpsichord).
Duration: 5 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — French baroque style; fast, virtuosic writing for bass viols, figured bass for continuo
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc in relation to this work:
French baroque style such as works by Marin Marais
- In the form/style of: Baroque
Performances of this work
24 Nov 19: Glebe Music Festival, Glebe Town Hall, NSW. Featuring Josie & the Emeralds.
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