Elegiac Arabesques - In memory of Andrzej Panufnik


cor anglais and clarinet
Clarinet, Oboe/Cor Anglais
First Performance
7.11.91, Concert Hall, Broadcasting House, London:Nicholas Daniel/Joy Farrall

Playing score 0-571-51481-2 on sale

Programme Notes

This short piece, a little over three minutes long, was written in response to Nicholas Daniel’s request for something to commemorate this teacher Janet Craxton, whom I had known since childhood and for whom I wrote my Oboe Cantata. Just as I was wondering how to begin I heard that Andrzej Panufnik, whose music and personality I admired a lot, had died. I began to sketch a melody for Cor Anglais, which quickly sprouted a canonic part for clarinet (Joy Farrall – Mrs. Daniel). Some months later, this in turn sprouted the final movement of my octet Songs Without Voices – which so transformed the character of the original that I decided to let the duo stand intact as a separate piece.

© Oliver Knussen

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