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Invocations : for Bb clarinet, piano, violin, viola & violoncello

by Nicole Murphy (2021)

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Work Overview

Commissioned in celebration of Beethoven's (COVID-delayed) 250th birthday, Invocations takes inspiration from the opening melody of the Kyrie from Beethoven's Mass in C major (Op. 86). A Kyrie, by nature, is a short repeated invocation. In this piece, Beethoven's opening soprano melody is slowed and re-purposed as a bass line over which a new invocation is heard. This invocation for the present day, initially heard in the piano before being passed into the clarinet and strings, is one of optimism and lightness, an antidotal offering to the events of 2020.

Work Details

Year: 2021

Instrumentation: Clarinet in B flat, piano, violin, viola, cello.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by 4MBS for 'Opus 5', Ensemble-in-Residence for the 2021 Festival of Classics

Performances of this work

25 May 21: 4MBS Performance Studio, Brisbane

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