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Three Episodes for Chamber Ensemble

06 Mar 2010 / in Chamber Music, Work List
Duration:12 minutes
Instrumentation: Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, percussion (1), piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass

Duration:12 minutes
Instrumentation: Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, percussion (1), piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass
Year Composed: 1997
Premiere performance: 19 September, 2001
Boston, MA, USA
Alea III Ensemble
Theodore Antoniou, music director
Movements:1. Behind the Cellar Door
2. A Bedtime Story
3. Variations of Chorale and Fugue

Program notes:
Three Episodes for Chamber Ensemble could also be entitled “three soundtracks without a film.” Each of the three episodes has a movie scene that I imagined while writing the music. The titles of the work present some information about the various scenarios of movie scenes and what we may see:

Behind the cellar door depicts the emotions of a character that sits in a dark cellar and hears footsteps behind the door. The footsteps get close and close.  A bedtime story portrays a parent who tells a scary story to his child, and concludes with “sweet dreams. . .” Variations of Chorale and Fugue has no dramatic scene, though the music still illustrates a significant segment of a film. These are the conclusion and credits. As the title implies, the chorale and fugue form variations within themselves, and combine for a fugue-chorale texture.

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