Elegiac Chaconne


chamber ensemble of 5 players
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
afl.bcl - pno - vla.vlc
First Performance
16.7.97, Cheltenham Festival, Pittville Pump Room: NashEnsemble

Score and parts (fp) 0-571-56738-X for sale.

Programme Notes
Elegiac Chaconne (1997) Colin Matthews for five players Berthold Goldschmidt (1903-1996) was a master of the chaconne - a form in which a theme or figure is repeated throughout, not necessarily in the bass (in which case it becomes a passacaglia - my theme is nearly always in the middle register). So this memorial tribute to him could not have taken any other form. It is appropriately slow and sombre - though the colours come more from the instruments used - alto flute and bass clarinet, viola and cello, and the piano mostly commenting in its lowest register - than from sadness, which would not be appropriate to a life so fulfilled.

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