Divertimento for Strings : The First Six weeks
by Colin Spiers (1987)
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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.
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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