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for clarinet quartet

Year:  2006   ·  Duration:  7m 50s
Instrumentation:  for three b flat clarinets, and one b flat bass clarinet

Year:  2006
Duration:  7m 50s
Instrumentation  for three b flat clarinets,...

Composer:   Peter Willis

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In the spirit of recycling, Timepiece uses music of the past in new ways. The three-note motif that pervades the work is a transcription of a bellbird song (previously used in my piece Bush Telegraph). I also quote from Mahler, The Beatles, and a famous clock tune.

Timepiece is a clarinet quartet, composed for The Committee's 'Clock Works' concert in Auckland University's Clocktower. In a minimalistic style, it includes hocketing, spatial effects, birdsong, and musical quotation.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by The Committee

Performance history

15 Oct 2006: Performed by Andrew Uren, Peter Scholes, Anna McGregor, and Kirk Havelock at the University of Auckland Clocktower, Auckland

01 Mar 2009: Time's Past