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Constellations

YEAR: 2010

ORCHESTRATION: Flute dbl. Piccolo and Alto Flute, Clarinet dbl. Bass Clarinet, Percussion, Harp, Piano, Violin, Cello

DURATION: 12'

COMMISSIONED BY: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

PREMIERE DATE: April 18, 2010

PREMIERE INFORMATION: 

Birmingham CBSO Centre (2 Family Concerts), Saturday 24 April 2010 – Barbican Centre, London (2 Family Concerts) and Friday 30 April 2010 – Birmingham (2 Schools Concerts)

WORK NOTES:

Constellations exuded a bewitching timbral and textural finesse in its evocation of Orion and Pegasus – and with the Milky Way variously intervening as a ritornello.”

Richard Whitehouse, CLASSICALSOURCE.COM, 21st August 2013

A Ritornello (The MILKY WAY) is punctuated by three soloistic constellations that move freely like mobiles:

ORION – Jewel of the Night Sky
The PLOUGH – Tilling the Field
PEGASUS – Dancing Horse

Graphic sketch for the Milky Way
Detail of graphic sketch for the Ritornello

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