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Lyric Sketches

for flute, violin, horn and cello

Year:  2004   ·  Duration:  21m

Year:  2004
Duration:  21m

Hugh Dixon

Composer:   Hugh Dixon


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Lyric Sketches had its genesis in a suggestion from the composer's son, Michael, to arrange my Songs of Mystic Jade for his quartet, Locana.

This cycle of structurally-related songs with the inclusion of Anthem to the Dawn and The Babbling Brook became a suite of eight pieces. The suite begins with Anthem to the Dawn inspired by a poem the composer's wife, Rae, wrote a number of years ago. The grandioso section of the final movement, Motion, posed a problem in orchestrating the rolling arpeggios with sustaining pedal of the original piano part. I acknowledge Michael's suggested solution which helped to retain a similar effect within the limitation of the four instruments.

Dedication note

For "Locana," son Michael's quartet

Contents note

In eight movements:

  1. Anthem to the Dawn
  2. Return of Spring
  3. Set Free
  4. The Bamboo Flute
  5. Tranquil Repose
  6. The Babbling Brook
  7. Despondent
  8. Motion