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Variations and Capriccio : for string orchestra

by Colin Spiers (1983)

Variations and capriccio


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Variations and capriccio : for string orchestra / Colin Spiers.

Library shelf no. 784.7/SPI 4 [Available for loan]

Variations and capriccio

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Work Overview

A neo-classic work originally conceived for brass quintet, Variations and Capriccio demonstrates the rhythmic influence of Tippett and the textural characteristics of Britten, combining these with Debussyian parallel chordal movement and Hindemithian quartal writing to form a contrasting palette of blended styles.

Work Details

Year: 1983

Instrumentation: String orchestra ( minimum).

Duration: 19 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — professional string orchestra

First performance: by Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Mills — Aug 88.

The work comprises an original theme followed by five contrasting variations linked to a lively capriccio by a cadenza for the section leaders of the first and second violins.

Revised 2019.


Performances of this work

Aug 88: featuring Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Mills.

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