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Kaleidoscope for Flute and Bb Clarinet

Year of composition
Difficult (Grades 7+)
9 minutes
Modern classical music

This piece was written for The Silverwind Duo. The inspiration for Kaleidoscope is the ever-changing geometric patterns that appear when using this visually stimulating toy. The music of each movement, while containing some repetition and contrast is constantly transformed into numerous variations of the initial idea. The patterns that appear in a kaleidoscope are often geometric, therefore inspiring the titles of the movements and the ideas for their musical counterparts.

I. Quadrangles for Flute and Bb Clarinet is in a fast 4/4 using lots of harmony on 4ths and melodic material based on 4ths.

II. Ellipsoids is for Flute and Bb Clarinet or Bass Clarinet and is in a slow 3 with overlapping phrases suggesting all sorts of oval shapes.

III. Pentagons for Flute or Alto Flute and Bb Clarinet or Bass Clarinet is in a moderate 5/4 with harmony and melodic material based on fifths.

IV. Triangles for Flute or Piccolo and Bb Clarinet or Eb Clarinet is in a fast 6/8 with thirds being the harmonic and melodic departure point.

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