Baroque Blue

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Year of composition
Difficult (Grades 7+)
5 minutes
Modern classical music
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Baroque Blue was written for The London Contemporary Chamber Orchestra and was first performed at their 2010 workshop. The following programme note was presented to the workshop. "I discovered the LCCO call for scores soon after receiving a request for a large scale chamber work for the extraordinary combination of tuba, string quartet and piano. I already had a substantial notebook of music to discuss with the tuba player, and it was the rhythmic and blues flavoured material that seemed the most promising for a short piece for chamber orchestra. Thus using this material, and with the intention of giving the trumpet and trombone of your orchestra a degree of prominence, Baroque Blue was written. The theme introduced by the trumpet contains all the material for the composition. It is the motifs drawn from the theme that populate most of Baroque Blue. The motifs are 1)three rising notes (bar 2), 2)two falling fourths (bar 3), and 3) the rhythm of bar 9. Note also that that bar 5 is thje non-rhythmical retrograde of barn 3. The structure is in three parts. The first part (bars 11 to 57) is a frequently interupted perpetuum mobile constructed from the motifs. The second part (bars 58 to 80) consists of restatements of the theme with slight developments given to the trumpet and trombone. The third part is a repeat of the perpetuum mobile withn fewer interuptions. The third part is prefaced with a development section given to the woodwind (bars 81 to 88) and to solo violin, solo cello and piano bars (89 to 95)." If you need parts please borrow them from me rather than wasting another tree!

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