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SONATA MACABRE (score & parts)

SONATA MACABRE (score & parts)

Composer:Keeley, Rob (b.1960)
Instrumentation:bcl. 2vn. va. vc.
Publisher Ref:CSCP019
A majestic ‘French overture’ opening is followed by faster ‘spectral’ music, the various interlocking sessions culminating in a rather nasty Scherzo loosely based on the ‘Dies Irae’ motif.

Price: £39.95
Skill Level:E
Publisher:Samek Music
Year of Issue:2018
ISMN:none specified
ISBN:none specified
"There are surprisingly few chamber works featuring the bass clarinet, and I wrote this concentrated single movement 10 minute piece at Victoria Samek’s request: it is also dedicated to her. A majestic ‘French overture’ opening is followed by faster ‘spectral’ music, the various interlocking sessions culminating in a rather nasty Scherzo loosely based on the ‘Dies Irae’ motif.
Rob has recently been inspired to compose a large number of works for clarinets in various combinations, largely as a result of his extremely happy and fruitful collaboration with Victoria Samek. He’s influenced as much by music of the past as much as the present, above all in re-thinking classical forms and procedures in modern terms, and he is happier composing for relatively small-scale forces and in more modest durations. Mozart, Poulenc and Stravinsky, Tippett, Berio and Messiaen, Haydn and Donatoni are all major inspirations: music as entertainment on many levels, the aim to balance clarity and complexity, wit and expressivity, the pleasures of both surprise and of the expected." - Rob Keeley, 2018

The Premiere recording of Sonata Macabre was made by Victoria Samek with the Villiers String Quartet and can be heard on Ring! CC0070

Rob Keeley, b. Bridgend, South Wales, 1960: studied at the RCM, Oxford University, Accademica S. Cecilia (Rome) and Tanglewood. Active as composer and pianist, since 1993 Rob has lectured in composition at King’s College, London. His large output includes two symphonies and a number of works for small orchestra, but his main interest is in chamber music and songs.

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