Five Scenes : for wind quintet
by Ian Whitney (2017)
Performance by Arcadia Winds from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 120.
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Five Scenes is a series of interconnected narrative vignettes. The odd numbered scenes play with musical tropes - the first scene takes on the character of a slightly wonky moto perpetuo; in the third, Classical evocations of hunting music have shifting alliances and allegiances between instruments as they form a murderous pack to eventually destroy the brassy interloper. Interspersed, the two even numbered scenes carry a more abstract narrative explored first in a duo, then in a trio. Finally, the fifth and final scene is musical tourism - my interpretation in Sydney of American prairie music in the style of 'Spanish' music written in Paris or, earlier, 'Turkish' music written in Vienna.
Instrumentation: Flute, oboe, clarinet in B flat, horn in F, bassoon.
Duration: 12 min.
Contents note: I. Moto perpetuo -- II. Duet -- III. Canzone da caccia -- IV. Trio -- V. Le voyage americain.
First performance: by Arcadia Winds — 30 Oct 18. Melbourne Recital Centre
The five movements can be played as a continuous work or independently.
Performances of this work
22 Nov 19: Huntington Festival NSW. Featuring Arcadia Winds.
19 May 19: Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Melbourne. Featuring Arcadia Winds.
30 Oct 18: Melbourne Recital Centre. Featuring Arcadia Winds.
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