Evocations : for clarinet, violin and piano
by Harry Sdraulig (2016)
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Score & Part
Library shelf no. 785.2413/SDR 1 [Not for loan]
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.
Instrumentation: Clarinet, violin, piano.
Duration: 11 min.
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
10 Aug 16: Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre. Featuring Plexus Ensemble.
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