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Homage to Stravinsky

for brass quintet

Year:  1986   ·  Duration:  7m
Instrumentation:  2 trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba

Year:  1986
Duration:  7m
Instrumentation  2 trumpets, horn, trombone ...

Composer:   David Farquhar

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 1, 4-5, 8

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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 exhuberance; Interlude 1 is scored for a trio (excluding the two trumpets), Interlude 2 for the full quintet.

Contents note

Based on a chorale melody by Stravinsky (1952). 5 movements: 1. Chorale 1; 2. Interlude 1; 3. Chorale 2; 4. Interlude 2; 5. Chorale 3

Performance history

16 Sep 2010: “Kiwi Tracks” Air on Hawaii Public Radio

Performed by Concord Brass