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Dancing at the Camerata

for brass quintet

Year:  2003   ·  Duration:  10m 8s
Instrumentation:  two trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba

Year:  2003
Duration:  10m 8s
Instrumentation  two trumpets, horn, trombon...

Composer:   Maria Grenfell


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The Florentine Camerata was a group of musicians and literati of the late sixteenth century that gathered to discuss the changing musical practices of the day, and saw the development of Baroque monodic vocal style and the first opera, Euridice. The Camerata would engage in fierce debates about dissonance and counterpoint, and helped usher in a new era that strived to capture the emotion of the tdxt in the music. During this period, music that included brass instruments was widely performed. Impressions of the Florentine Camerata, brass music, and Baroque ornamentation and dissonance were the inspiration for this piece: a madrigal, a recitative, and a quirky tango.

Maria Grenfell

Contents note

I. Madrigali
II. Recitativo
III. Tango

Performance history

Performed by Victor Silverstone (trumpet), Michael Kirgan (trumpet), Austin Hitchcock (horn), Douglas Cross (trombone), and Tom McCaslin (tuba) at Music Theatre of the University of Auckland, Auckland, in 2006

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