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Hugh Wood

Publisher: Chester Music

Paraphrase on 'Bird of Paradise' (1985)
Chester Music Ltd
Works for 2-6 Players
Year Composed
11 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)

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Hugh Wood Paraphrase on 'Bird of Paradise' (1985)
This piece is a paraphrase of a song that I wrote between 30 January and 1 February 1983 to a poem by Robert Graves called ‘Bird of Paradise’. The music is continuous, but falls into five sections, of which the first three are variations on the emerging material of the song. In the fourth (which is the loudest), the original vocal line may most clearly be heard: it has been somewhat extended both in length and in register. In the fifth and final section, the pianoforte plays the song line in the manner of a chorale; and later the clarinet recapitulates the closing phrase of the song quite fairly exactly. The opening of the song is heard on the highest register of the clarinet before the close.

PARAPHRASE was written for Nicholas Cox, which gave the first performance with Vanessa Latarche at the Wigmore Hall on 4 March 1985. It was composed during 1984/85.

(Th work was commissioned by Nicholas Cox with funds made available from the Arts Council of Great Britain: it was composed during 1984-85.

Hugh Wood

  • Soloist(s)
    K Romano, clarinet
    Metier Sound & Vision:
  • Ensemble
    The London Archduke Trio
    Paul Silverthorne (viola), Roger Heaton (clarinet)
  • Soloist(s)
    Nicholas Cox (clarinet), Ian Buckle (piano)
    British Music Society:
The developing communication of Hugh Wood’s Paraphrase on Bird of Paradise was a constant pleasure.
Colin Anderson,,13/01/2010
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