Mr Ptolemy: his Passions and Polemics

Read, Martin

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Duration

8m 00s

Publisher

Fand Music Press

Composed

1997

Instrumentation

Chamber

Scoring

cl, bn, pf, 2 vn, va, db

Availability

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About the work

This piece was written for students at Alton College, and explores the nature of relationships – each instrument having its own character. The clarinet and bassoon are individuals – as is the bass although less so. The piano happily relates to everybody, whilst the upper strings can only act in a rather lad-like fashion – the herd mentality.

First Performance: Students from Alton College, March 1997, Farnham Maltings

Technical notes

Clarinet – extended range, big leaps. Bassoon – big leaps. Frequent changes to irregular time signatures.