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Happenstance and the Muse (quintets: flute, clarinet, viola, harp, piano)

by Daniel Rojas (2017)

Happenstance and the Muse


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Happenstance and the Muse / Daniel Rojas.

Library shelf no. 785.2415/ROJ 2 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Happenstance and the Muse suggests the serendipitous conflation of everyday events due to complex quotidian mechanics that are perceived by us to be related. By extension, this piece is also about the non-conscious processes that inspire new ideas. Programmatically, it is similar to another recent work …of magic and realism for recorder and marimba, which explores the liminal space of what is real and that which we imagine during associated day- and night-dreams. These pieces are thematically related because both deal with the kind of events that occur in both real and imagined environments.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Flute, clarinet in B flat, viola, harp, piano.

Duration: 13 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Hourglass Ensemble.

First performance: by Hourglass Ensemble at Heaven, Harp, and Humanity - Aus chamber music (Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music) on 14 Oct 2017

The composer notes the following submitted styles, genres, influences associated with this work:
Latin American, tango, dance, rhythm, Elena Kats-Chernin, Matthew Hindson, Ross Edwards, Bartok, Ginastera, Stravinsky, Philip Glass

Performances of this work

22 Oct 2017: at Heaven, Harp and Humanity (Aus chamber music) (Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room). Featuring Hourglass Ensemble.

14 Oct 2017: at Heaven, Harp, and Humanity - Aus chamber music (Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music). Featuring Hourglass Ensemble.

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