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VENT

composer
1994

 
VENT was originally composed in the autumn of 1994 for four clarinets (two B flat clarinets and two bass clarinets). The score was commissioned by No Strings Attached early in 1995, with funds provided by South East Arts.

The idea of writing for a family of instruments with a common tone quality was an important factor behind the music; a concept that still remains central in this transcription for the family of four saxophones. The composer has written: “the timbral quality of four clarinets together was a factor I constantly kept in mind during composition—the homogenous mellow wood sound in the low chalumeau register, the piercing nature of the high notes and the ability to move seamlessly through the whole range.

A number of ideas stemmed from this given—first I wished to explore arpeggio figures (something I had never done before) both in a controlled ‘burbling’ kind of way and in a broad-brush fanfare sense. Out of this I began to use harmonic systems based on fourths, thirds and modes in quick succession or simultaneously so that for short stretches of the piece a harmonic instability might occur.

Finally I wished to pit sudden bursts of pent-up energy alongside carefully constructed passages thereby highlighting the exorcising nature of the music to which the title might refer”.

from notes by Peter Reynolds © 2010

Recordings

Flux
SIGCD227Download only

Details

Track 1 on SIGCD227 CD2 [8'24] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD227 disc 2 track 1

Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-11-22710
Duration
8'24
Recording date
11 February 2009
Recording venue
The Malthouse, Canterbury, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Joel Garthwaite
Recording engineer
Roland Heap
Hyperion usage
  1. Flux (SIGCD227)
    Disc 2 Track 1
    Release date: March 2011
    Download only
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