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Blue Work


Garden Varieties: Four Dance Vignettes

for full orchestra

Year:  2001   ·  Duration:  14m
Instrumentation:  2[1.2/picc]2[1.2/ca]22[1.2/contra]; 3331; timp.; 3 perc.; harp; piano; strings

Year:  2001
Duration:  14m
Instrumentation  2[1.2/picc]2[1.2/ca]22[1.2/...

Composer:   Stephan Prock

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Sample Score

Sample: first two pages of each movement

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About

An orchestral suite inspired by the Baroque keyboard suites of Handel and Bach, the four movements of Garden Varieties, all allude to the various, typical inhabitants one might find in a well-tended ornamental garden. The opening movement, "Petals," evokes flowering plants unfolding their buds, providing an enticing setting for the garden's small denizens to explore. The bee, for instance, is a quick, tireless and, when impeded by others, an irascible worker. The second movement, "The Bee (Bourée)," thus invites listeners to embark on a dizzying flight through a variety of landscapes, moods and potential conflicts.. In "The Snail (Sarabande)," repeating measures mirror the repeating, self-reflexive structure of the snail's shell. String glissandi, along with other programmatic gestures, suggest a whimsical vision of a snail's slow, single-footed dancing. The final movement, "The Junebug (Jig)," presents a musical portrait of its eponymous flying beetle. Here trills and precipitous musical scales trace this insect's quirky course through imaginary vistas, ultimately bringing Garden Varieties to a swift yet airy end.


Contents note


I. Petals (Prelude): Crocus, Camellia, Honeysuckle, Nightshade, Rose
II. The Bee (Bourrée)
III. The Snail (Sarabande)
IV. The Junebug (Jig)


Performance history