Miniature IV : for flute, B flat clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano.
by Carl Vine (1988)
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Miniature IV is a single movement work in three
sections. The first grows from the scalar movement at the
opening, progressing freely through a series of continuous
variations. This leads directly to the central section, which is
marked by an argumentative duet between flute and clarinet. This
settles, in turn, into a meditative clarinet solo commented upon
by flute intrusions. A faster duet leads to the motto perpetuo
Throughout the work, the ensemble is divided into three groups : the violin, viola and cello form a ripieno accompanying trio; the piano, occasionally soloistic, most frequently functions in an accompanying or "commenting" fashion; while at the top of the ensemble, flute and clarinet either alternate or function jointly as a solo unit. The piece is based quite conspicuously, therefore, on the classical concerto model.
Instrumentation: Flute (doubling piccolo), Bb clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), violin, viola, cello, piano.
Duration: 15 min.
First performance: by Australia Ensemble — 7 May 88. Perth Concert Hall, Western Australia
Performances of this work
7 May 88: Perth Concert Hall, Western Australia. Featuring Australia Ensemble.
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