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They Shall Take Up Serpents : for clarinet in B flat, cello and piano with pre-recorded flute

by Constantine Koukias (2020)

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They Shall Take Up Serpents


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They Shall Take Up Serpents : for clarinet in B-flat, bassoon & piano with pre-recorded flute / Constantine Koukias.

Version: This product features the Trios: Clarinet, bassoon, piano with pre-recorded sound version of this work

Library shelf no. 785.2613/KOU 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

This concert work incorporates a recorded flute track from one of my earliest works composed in 1986, performed by Lloyd Hudson in Australia. Musically it is based on Heterophony, a type of texture characterized by the simultaneous variation of a single melodic line. Such a texture can be regarded as a kind of complex monophony in which there is only one basic melody, but realized at the same time in multiple voices, each of which plays the melody differently, either in a different rhythm or tempo, or with various embellishments and elaborations.

I have always been fascinated by the peculiar practice of religious snake handlers that are still found in the Appalachian Mountains and other parts of the south eastern United States of America.

In my name shall they cast out devils, they shall speak with new tongues, they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them. They shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover." ...

Work Details

Year: 2020

Instrumentation: Clarinet in B-flat, cello, piano, pre-recorded flute.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: at Spirals - new sounds from old hands (Salon de Ijzerstaven (Amsterdam)) on 16 Feb 2020

Performances of this work

16 Feb 2020: at Spirals - new sounds from old hands (Salon de Ijzerstaven (Amsterdam)).

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