Serenade - (In Homage to Mozart)


wind ensemble of 10 players
Woodwind Ensemble
fl.picc(=fl).2 ob.2 cl(I=Ebcl.II=bcl).2 bsn.2 hn

Commissioned by Glyndebourne Festival Opera

First Performance
4.8.91, Glyndebourne: London Philharmonic Orchestra Wind Ensemble/Jonathan Harvey

Score 0-571-55560-8 (fp) on sale, parts for hire

Programme Notes

Serenade was commissioned by Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Written to preface performances of The Magic Flute, my Serenade ends with a loud, high chord of E flat, the first chord of the opera. But that is not the only connection. The ensemble includes two flutes, one doubling piccolo: Mozart never wrote a serenade for wind using flutes, but of course for The Magic Flute there had to be flutes, Papegeno’s pipes too, represented at the very beginning of the first movement, and returning in the second movement, by the piccolo. In fact they seem to inspire much of the running scale style of the first movement. There are several other quotes in the contrapuntal fabric of the second movement too. But there is a hidden agenda. The first movement quotes from my opera, itself inspired by The Magic Flute, Inquest of Love. The inner meaning will be revealed when it is itself performed in June 1993!

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