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Verse 1 for Flute and Cello

By Haflidi Hallgrimsson

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Flute and Cello
Composed by Haflidi Hallgrimsson (1941-). Classical. Book Only. Composed 2002. Chester Music #MUSCH55853. Published by Chester Music (BT.MUSCH55853).

Item Number: BT.MUSCH55853

'Verse 1' marks the beginning of a more ambitious and intense style of composition. The ideas are relatively simple and develop gradually in a cyclic fashion within a one movement, sectional design. Progressively faster tempi leadto the main climax of the work near the end of the piece. Then a short coda leads to a very quiet ending and a return to the original tonal centre of C.

Quoting composer:'In April 1975 I occupied a flat in Aldeburgh, Suffolk,near the seafront. As a member of the English Chamber Orchestra, I had come to work for a week on a recording of Britten's opera 'Death in Venice', so the real and suggested sound of the sea was in my ears, so to speak, for dayson end. A few weeks later, when I started work on 'Verse 1', it became clear in the first few bars that I was recalling and suggesting the sea and the beach at Aldeburgh. I am not aware of any direct influence from Britten'smusic, but I do, however, quote a small fragment from a theme to be found in a piano quartet by Mahler, played early in the piece by the flute (bars 6 & 7).

This work was awarded the First Prize in the Viotti InternationalCompetition for composers, in Italy in 1975.

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