Bizzarie di varie figure (woodwind quintet)

Commissioned by Lisa Hanson-Bartholow for the Peachtree Consort (Atlanta, GA).

Score and parts will be made available for sale after the premiere.  Recording will be posted as soon as I have it.

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Giovanni Battista Bracelli (1584-1609) was an Italian engraver and painter of the Baroque period. He is best known for his book of prints: Bizzarie di varie figure, published in 1624 in Livorno, and dedicated to Don Pietro Medici. The depiction of a variety of human shapes aggregated from a variety of objects or landscapes appears prescient of modern cubist experiments. Some of the figures are composed of boxes or raquets or curlicues.

In this piece, I endeavored to illustrate in sound these beautiful, strange images. Traditional resources are used in unusual ways to depict for the listener what Bracelli so masterfully did in visual.

 

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