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Masquerade : concerto for flute and orchestra

by John Spence (2013)



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Masquerade : concerto for flute and orchestra / John Spence.

Library shelf no. 784.2832186/SPE 1 [Available for loan]


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Work Overview

Maquerade for flute and orchestra captures the passion and energy of Venice. The first movement expounds a world of enthusiasm, drama, surprise, intrigue, intimate interaction and plenty of chasing going on. At one point the orchestra returns to restate the opening theme and the flute is mysteriously missing. As the orchestra dies away, the flute enters with a cadenza that includes the orchestral parts as well as the flute part. The second movement is a dance based on the Lombard style of Northern Italy during the 18th century. The final movement commences in a more reflective mood but then finds a way to return to energy and passion that rivals the first movement.

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: Solo flute, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in Bb, 2 bassoons, 2 horns in F, 2 trumpets in Bb, strings.

Duration: 16 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Giovanni Mugnuolo


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