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Thea Musgrave

Publisher: Novello & Co

Impromptu No 2 (1970)
commissioned by Department of Music, University College, Cardiff, in association with the Welsh Arts Council
Chester Music Ltd
Works for 2-6 Players
Year Composed
9 Minutes
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Programme Note
Thea Musgrave Impromptu No 2 (1970)
Impromptu No. 2 for Flute, Oboe and Clarinet was commissioned by the Department of Music, University College, Cardiff, in association with the Welsh Arts Council.

It was written in the summer of 1970 in Santa Barbara where the composer had been visiting professor in the University of California.

As implied by the title, the work is light-hearted and brilliant and it has been notated in such a way that it can be played with considerable rhythmic freedom.

Sandwiched between the opening section and the closely related coda where all three instruments are more or less equally balanced, comes Andante espressivo led by the flute, Drammatico led by the clarinet, and finally Leggiero & Fantastico where the oboe predominates.

  • Ensemble
    The Mühlfeld Ensemble / English Serenata
    Stephen Varcoe, baritone
    Clarinet Classics:
  • Soloist(s)
    Nicholas Daniel, The Chilingirian Quartet, Joy Farrall, Emer McDonough, James Turnbull, Huw Watkins
    Harmonia Mundi:
The mix of instruments is well shaded off with respect to the finest tonal and dynamic nuances - here we have chamber music at the highest level; the musical interaction is palpable.
Dr. Jürgen Schaarwächter,,10/08/2013
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