An Opening, a Waltz, a Song, an Ending

Lawrence Axelrod

About this work:

This work was commissioned as a companion to works of Mozart and Haydn with the same instrumentation. The underlying note structure comes from the Rondo of the Mozart A major flute quartet.  I took the twelve notes of the scale in the order in which they appear in the flute part. This sequence of pitches became the foundation of the piece. So, although the musical language has nothing to do with Mozart, he provides the “deep structure”, if you will, of the piece. The four movements are played without pause.

Year composed: 2013
Duration: 11:00:40
Ensemble type: Chamber or Jazz Ensemble, Without Voice
Instrumentation: 1 Flute, 1 Violin, 1 Viola, 1 Cello

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