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Divertimento for Strings : The First Six weeks

by Colin Spiers (1987)

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Performance by Queensland Symphony Orchestra from the CD Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

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Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Library shelf no. CD 38 [Available for loan]

Divertimento for Strings


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Divertimento for Strings : (The First Six Weeks) / Colin Spiers.

Library shelf no. 784.7085/SPI 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

This work was written in response to the birth of the composer's daughter Ursula, with each of the five movements reflecting aspects of the first six weeks of her life. Thus, mvt. 1 is a condensed sonata form piece portraying her birth and the exhilaration of this; mvt. 2 is a lullaby with the leaders of each section singing a solo for the child; mvt. 3 is a scherzo reflecting the happiness of her parents; mvt. 4 is a passacaglia depicting long sleepless nights; while mvt. 5 is a double fugue representing bright hopes for the future. The entire work is based upon motifs drawn from the opening swirling ostinato figure.

Work Details

Year: 1987

Instrumentation: String orchestra.

Duration: 36 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Requires excellent technical flexibility, and sophisticated ensemble skills

Contents note: 1. Allegro -- 2. Andantino -- 3. Scherzo, Vivace -- 4. Lento -- 5. Maestoso, Con brio.

Dedication note: "For Ursula on her birthday"

First performance: by Queensland Symphony Orchestra — 1989.

The composer notes the following influences, subjects, styles etc associated with this work:
Neo-classic, influenced by early to mid 20th century English string music.

Performances of this work

1989: featuring Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

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