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Phoenix Chaconne (quintets: 5 violas de gamba)

by Brooke Green (2019)

Phoenix Chaconne

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Phoenix Chaconne : for 5 viols and continuo / Brooke Green.

Version: This product features the Viola da gamba music version of this work

Library shelf no. 785.716/GRE 1 [Available for loan]

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Phoenix Chaconne : for 5 viols and continuo / Brooke Green.

Version: This product features the Viola da gamba music version of this work

Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 2019

Instrumentation: 5 viols.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc in relation to this work:
French baroque style such as works by Marin Marais

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Performances of this work

7 Nov 2022: at Viol Juice (Melbourne Recital Centre). Featuring Consortium - Melbourne's Consort of Viols.

24 Nov 19: Glebe Music Festival, Glebe Town Hall, NSW. Featuring Josie & the Emeralds.

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