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Shades of the Alhambra : for clarinet, cello & piano

by Wendy Hiscocks (2009)

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Performance by Brian Mullan, Sarah Thurlow, Wendy Hiscocks from the CD Chamber music

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Library shelf no. CD 2212 [Not for loan]

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Work Overview

Some compositions have a long gestation period and the initial spark of inspiration for this suite was undoubtedly triggered by a visit to the Alhambra while on holiday in Grenada many years ago. It impressed me as being the most beautiful palace I had ever seen. A reading of Washington Irving's book Tales of the Alhambra (1832) based on Moorish legends and myths associated with the Alhambra, further feulled my imagination and provided the dramatic focus for the ensuing musical scenes. A first draft of the work was completed as early as 2004 which was then revised in 2009 in readiness for its premiere in 2010.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: Clarinet in A, cello, piano.

Duration: 24 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: 1. Eve of Saint John -- 2. Zorahayda -- 3. The Taper -- 4. Lullaby of the Gothic Princess -- 5. Boabdil.

First performance: by Michael Collins, Louise Hopkins, Kristian Chong at Concert Conversations with Piers Lane 1 (Jupiters Townsville) on 3 Aug 2010

Performances of this work

3 Aug 2010: at Concert Conversations with Piers Lane 1 (Jupiters Townsville). Featuring Michael Collins, Louise Hopkins, Kristian Chong.

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