The Zhuangzi, a 2000-year-old Daoist text by the Chinese philosopher ‘Master Zhuang’, is a large collection of anecdotes, allegories and fables, many of them picturesque and of great beauty. Verwandlung (‘Transformation’) is Ming Wang’s musical response to the book’s myriad magical images and their imagined meanings. Employing Western serialist principles in a characteristically ‘exotic’ way to aid musical shaping and structure, she exploits the multifarious sounds of the clarinet and the bass clarinet, notably the full spectrum of overtones, using both conventional and unconventional playing and breathing techniques. The result is a work of singular imaginative power.
Title:Verwandlung Publication date: February 2015 Instrument: Two bass clarinets, one clarinet in B flat (2 players) Series:Contemporary Format: Playing score Pages: ix/11 ISMN: 979 0 708041 28 3 Duration: c.10' Code: HH374.FSC Price: £12.95 more information
This is the seventh of Bitti’s twelve ‘Cambridge’ sonatas, representing his ‘late’, galant style. In five movements it comprises three well-contrasted quick movements between which two slow movements are inserted. In the opening movement the bass, as well as the violin, tests the performer’s ability. The final movement, marked ‘Allegrissimo’, has some deft humorous touches, parodying the kind of imitation practised in the stile antico.
Editor:Michael Talbot | Antonio Frigé Publication date: February 2015 Instruments: Violin, basso continuo Format: Full score and parts Series:Baroque Pages: ix/11 + 2 × 4 ISMN: 979 0 708041 75 7 ISBN: 978 1 910359 14 3 Code: HH346.FSP Price: £9.95 More information
I would therefore recommend it to every keyboard-player to expand their expressive range and to every nonlutenist wanting to explore the music of Dowland, to learn about the art of variation, or to further their knowledge of this great composer. The Consort