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Dancing at the Camerata : for brass quintet

by Maria Grenfell (2003)

Work Overview

The Florentine Camerata was a group of musicians and 'literati' of the late sixteenth century that gathered to discuss the changing musical practices of the day, and saw the development of Baroque monodic vocal style and the first opera, 'Euridice.' The Camerata would engage in fierce debates about dissonance and counterpoint, and helped usher in a new era that strived to capture the emotion of the text in the music. During this period, music that included brass instruments was widely performed. Impressions of the Florentine Camerata, brass music, and Baroque ornamentation and dissonance were the inspiration for this piece: a madrigal, a recitative, and a quirky tango.

Work Details

Year: 2003

Instrumentation: Horn in F, 2 trumpets in C, trombone, tuba.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. Madrigali -- II Recitativo -- III. Tango.

Commission note: Commissioned by Ars Musica Australis for performance by Australian Youth Orchestra.

First performance: by Australian Youth Orchestra Brass Quintet — 23 Oct 03. Riverside Theatre, Parramatta, NSW

Performances of this work

15 Nov 14: Epsom House, Pontville, Tasmania. Featuring Epsom Brass.

10 May 2014: at Songs of the South (Conservatorium Recital Hall (Hobart)). Featuring Epsom Brass.

23 Oct 03: Riverside Theatre, Parramatta, NSW. Featuring Australian Youth Orchestra Brass Quintet.

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