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Chaconne : for wind orchestra

by Simon Reade (2007)

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Performance by Hobart Wind Symphony, Simon Reade from the CD Tasmania

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Tasmania / music by Simon Reade ; performed by the Hobart City Concert Band.

Library shelf no. CD 2178 [Available for loan]



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Chaconne : for wind orchestra / Simon Reade.

Library shelf no. Q 784.8/REA 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

This work, as the title suggests is in the form of a chaconne. I wanted to convey in this work a sense of motion, undermined by the static nature of the basic material. The piece begins with a bleak chordal theme stated by the trombones and percussion, and develops through repetition and variation across five distinct variations. My intention was to draw the listener on an increasingly frantic ride through the piece, before suddenly returning to the theme alone, starkly unaltered and unresolved - as if the piece had never occurred.

The band version of Chaconne was revised as part of the composition of Variations, an extended work for wind band based on Chaconne. This separate version was completed in 2007 for a recording project funded by Arts Tasmania of my own compositions and arrangements for Wind Band. It was composed for and is dedicated to the Hobart Wind Symphony.

Work Details

Year: 2007

Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 3 clarinets, alto clarinet, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 2 alto saxophones, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, 4 horns, 4 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba, double bass, harp/piano, timpani, percussion (3 players).

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned for Hobart Wind Symphony with funds provided by Arts Tasmania.. Composed for the Hobart Wind Symphony (then called the Hobart City Concert Band) for a recording project funded by Arts Tasmania of the compositions and arrangements of Simon Reade. This work was specially written for the project.

First performance: by Hobart Wind Symphony — 23 Nov 07. Town Hall, Hobart TAS.

Performances of this work

8 Sep 2017: at Voyage (Conservatorium Recital Hall (Hobart)). Featuring Hobart Wind Symphony, Simon Reade.

23 Nov 07: Town Hall, Hobart TAS.. Featuring Hobart Wind Symphony.

24 Jun 07: Stanley Burbury Theatre, Hobart. Featuring Hobart Wind Symphony, Simon Reade.

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