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Classical stories : for clarinet, violin and piano

by Julian Yu (2014)

Classical stories


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Classical stories : for clarinet, violin and piano / Julian Yu.

Library shelf no. 785.2413/YU 2 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This is a collection of humorous pieces which incorporate classical material in a variety of ways, including quotation, collage, parody and pastiche. It includes eight short movements:

Two Swans Under Two Moons - The swans of Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saens bask in the moonlight of Beethoven and Debussy.

Always Tragedy - What could be more tragic than a meeting between Tristan, Isolde, Romeo, Juliet and the Butterfly Lovers?

A Phonecall to Mozart - Nokia's ringtone interrupts Mozart while he is trying to compose his Piano Sonata in A Major.

What for Elise? - The familiar wrapping paper contains unexpected presents from far and wide...

J.S the Great - Bach's own melodies woven together in Bach's own way. No extra notes are added.

To Comrade Shostakovich - An appreciation of his lighter side. The theme comes from a children's song from his cantata Song of the Forest.

Caterpoint - Prokofiev's cat from Peter and the Wolf dances to a counter melody.

Brahmsody - A rhapsodic treatment of Brahms' Symphony no. 1 in C Minor brings this collection a vigorous conclusion.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Clarinet, violin, piano.

Duration: 18 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Contents note: 1. Two Swans under Two Moons -- 2.Always Tragedy! -- 3. A Phone call to Mozart -- 4. What for Elise? -- 5. "J. S. The Great" -- 6. To Comrade Schostakovich -- 7. Caterpointe -- 8. Brahmsody.

Commission note: Commissioned by Plexus Ensemble.

First performance: 22 Nov 14. Melbourne Recital Centre

Performances of this work

24 Jul 2017: at Plexus at Yellow House (Yellow House Gallery). Featuring Plexus Ensemble.

22 Nov 14: Melbourne Recital Centre

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