Cabinet of Curiosities, A

(1993)

by John Woolrich

Description
piano and wind quartet
Duration
10
Genres
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
Instrumentation
ob.cl.bsn.hn - pno
Commission

Commissioned by Quintus with funds from South West Arts

First Performance
22.4.94, St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol: Quintus
Availability

Score and parts on special sale

Programme Notes

Commissioned by Quintus (with funds provided by South West Arts) Schumann’s shadow lies behind this piece. The sixth movement is a transcription of a puzzle piece, Rebus, that Schumann wrote as a birthday present for his daughter. It is a musical cryptogram: the notes of the tune spell the words: ‘Lass das Fade, fass das Echte’ (Leave the cheap, grasp the true). There are nine short movements, all containing ghosts of the Schumann: 1 A prelude for clarinet 2 A chorale 3 A song for bassoon 4 A variation on Rebus 5 ‘Still’ 6 ‘Rebus’ 7 ‘Nightfall’: a line passed from clarinet to horn and falling, in fifths, into the dark. 8 Another chorale 9 A farewell, ‘Lebewohl’, a song for oboe, which casts shadows into the rest of the ensemble.

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