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for double quintet (combined wind and string quintets)

Year:  2020   ·  Duration:  6m
Instrumentation:  flute, oboe, clarinet in B flat, horn in F, bassoon, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass

Year:  2020
Duration:  6m
Instrumentation  flute, oboe, clarinet in B ...

Composer:   Richard Bolley

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This work arose as a creative response to the early phases of the lockdown in Great Britain occasioned by the planet-wide pandemic of COVID-19. I was hunting through the psalter used at the church in which I had sung as a choirboy, trying to find a particular chant that was haunting me. Eventually I realized that this was a fabrication emerging from memories of the singing I had done for many years as a young teenager. In the course of working to evoke — but with instruments — the joyful memories of singing, I also recalled early formative encounters with 20th-century orchestral music, particularly Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra which was a selected work in my GCE 'A-level' syllabus. Bartók's second movement cunningly plays with instrumental pairs moving in strict intervallic relationships, a technique I have explored with diverse pairings of the instruments from the two balancing quintets.