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Evocations : for clarinet, violin and piano

by Harry Sdraulig (2016)



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Evocations : for clarinet, violin and piano / Harry Sdraulig.

Library shelf no. 785.2413/SDR 1 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

The title of this work has no specific programmatic significance. Nevertheless, I have attempted to evoke in musical terms a dreamlike sense of mystery and drama. The two Incantations, characterised by stark and declamatory insistence, may be considered musically analogous to the casting of spells. The Dance is lively and energetic, though often bubbling with the music rarely attaining any great volume. Sections of extended polyphony contrast with ever-changing rugged rhythmic elements and the overall movement places considerable demands on the virtuosity of the performers.

The Lullaby is unwaveringly gentle and, in many ways, a self-contained response to the often frantic or unsettled nature of the earlier movements. At times, the stillness and veiled dissonance in the piano recall harmonic textures of Messiaen, though deployed within a different context and harmonic language. The final pages eventually fade into tranquil silence, albeit with a sense that not all is resolved.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Clarinet, violin, piano.

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: 1. Incantation I -- 2. Dance -- 3. Incantation II -- 4. Lullaby.

Commission note: Commissioned by Plexus Ensemble.

First performance: by Plexus Ensemble — 10 Aug 16. Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

Performances of this work

24 Jul 2017: at Plexus at Yellow House (Yellow House Gallery). Featuring Plexus Ensemble.

6 Nov 2016: at Catchy Music (Smart Artz Gallery). Featuring Chris Nankervis, Tom D'Ath, Nathan Juriansz.

10 Aug 16: Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre. Featuring Plexus Ensemble.

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