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Classical stories (clarinet with string quartet)

by Julian Yu (2014)

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Performance by Robert Schubert, Lorraine Hook, Deborah Goodall, Gabby Halloran, Virginia Kable from the CD Old and Yu

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MOVE 50 : 24 Australian Composers celebrate 50 years of Move Records.

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Classical stories


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

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

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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, 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 24 min.

Contents note: Prologue: Two Swans under Two Moons -- Compound tragedy -- Paganiniana -- Phone call to Mozart -- What's for Elise? -- Finished Symphony -- Why are butterflies sad? -- Stepping up birthday -- Harmonic Phrases at an Exhibition -- Caterpoint -- To comrade Shostakovich -- Epilogue :Two Swans under Two Moons.

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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