Lamentations : for bassoon and piano
by David Slater (2012)
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Lamentations is composed in four short movements played continuously. Each movement reflects on a different aspect of Macbeth's final soliloquy (on hearing of the death of Lady Macbeth) from Act V of Shakespeare's play. It utilises most of the bassoon's wide range and combines passages of lyrical beauty and calm with others which of severity and aggression. Each movement begins in an atonal idiom, sometimes 12-tone, then gradually becomes more modal before descending to a dark minor conclusion.
Lamentations was composed for a student, for Higher School Certificate performance. It is of moderate to advanced difficulty, around AMEB grade 7 - 8.
Instrumentation: Bassoon, piano.
Duration: 5 min.
Difficulty: Medium — Moderate to Advanced, approximately AMEB Grade 7-8
Commission note: Commissioned by Chloe Lethlean Higson
Lamentations is the next in a series of short works for solo instrument and piano written specifically for the NSW HSC. It is also one of several which reflect on Shakespearian quotations.
- Inspired by: Literature & Poetry
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