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Homage to Stravinsky

for wind octet

Year:  1986   ·  Duration:  7m
Instrumentation:  2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones

Year:  1986
Duration:  7m
Instrumentation  2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 trum...

Composer:   David Farquhar

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Sample Score

Sample: pages 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 17 of score

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The Chorale melody was written by Stravinsky in 1952, as a theme for organ improvisation by Marcel Dupre. I am grateful to Robert Craft and the Stravinsky Estate for permission to use it here. Stravinsky's melody is played by the first trumpet in each of the three chorale settings. All three are canonic in treatment, with the texture increasing from two parts in Chorale 1 to four parts (plus a tuba bass-line) in Chorale 3. The two Interludes take off from the finale notes of the chorale. In contrast both are quick, with a somewhat Stravinskian rhythmic exuberance; Interlude 1 is scored for a trio (excluding the two trumpets), Interlude 2 for the full quintet.

Contents note

Five movements:

  1. Chorale 1
  2. Interlude 1
  3. Chorale 2
  4. Interlude 2
  5. Chorale 3

Performance history

19 Jun 2014: Te Ao Mārama