Sextet


Genre: Chamber ensemble: sextet (flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, cello)

Description: Three short contrasting movements for six players
Duration: 12 minutes
Date: 1999

Programme Note

This piece is in three movements and is scored for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion (marimba/vibraphone). The first movement references the 'In Nomine' instrumental form favoured by composers writing for viol consorts up until Purcell's time. The third movement is more abstractly related to a  pre-existing form - the 'ground', or repeating bass line over which new music is created. The second movement (which was composed last) creates harmonic fields across which instrumental lines flow, reflected above and below the chords of the piano and vibraphone.

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Broad and dramatic textures from two strings, two woodwind, vibes and piano...
— John L Walters The Guardian 13 Oct 2000
complex...and benefits from its boldness of utterance, deploying sometimes familiar materials to dramatically telling ends.
— Keith Potter The Independent 23 May 2000