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Septet No 2 (Circle Ground)
Septet No 2 is a 17 minute work scored for flute, clarinet, string quartet
and piano and was written in mid-1995. The work was composed with assistance
from a Fellowship from the Leighton Studios, Banff Centre for the Arts,
Canada and was commissioned by the Australia Ensemble with assistance
from the Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council.
The piece continues the exploration and refinement of an invented harmonic
vocabulary, consisting of a restricted range of chords and some recurrent
personal means for their handling, as in other pieces including Ekstasis,
Diver’s Lament and Chorale, Demon, Beacon. These harmonies have
appealed to me for the continual feeling of suspension and flow they create
which occurs through their tonal ambiguity and emphasis on dissonant intervals
within a concordant and rich sonority. The subtitle, Circle Ground, refers
to both the rounded shape (which is possibly more like a spiral than a
circle as it returns, but to a different point) and to the use of ground
bass materials in the elliptical manner evolved in pieces such as Barren
Grounds and Respiro/Simple Ground. The sections of the work are marked,
Calm – Vibrant – Expansive.
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