Prologue & Canzona


by Carl Vine

string orchestra
String Orchestra
Prologue was written as an introduction to Canzona as music for a ballet by Jacqui Carroll. Canzona was commissioned by the Australian Chamber Orchestra with assistance from the Music Board of the Australian Council
First Performance
16.07.1997, St John's Smith Square, London: Britten Sinfonia, Nicholas Cleobury

Score 0-571-51913-X on sale, parts for hire

Programme Notes
PROLOGUE & CANZONA (1985) by Carl Vine. Programme Note: The term "Canzona" is used here in its broadest possible sense as a "song for instruments". As the simplest of starting points the chamber orchestra is viewed as a collection of "singing" instruments presented either in melody or in complex counterpoint. Although cast in a single movement the work falls into two principal sections. The first evolves from a simple melodic movement into a slow waltz-like figure. The second is based on a straightforward chord progression that undergoes a series of evolutions leading to the "presto" finale. When choreographer Jacqui Carroll approached me to use "Canzona" in a dance work, I insisted on writing a "Prologue" to the work. The resultant piece was then used to accompany Jacqui's ballet of the same name for the Australian Ballet Company in 1986. 'Canzona' was commissioned by the Australian Chamber Orchestra with financial assistance from the Music Board of the Australia Council. Carl Vine

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