About this work:
Colloquies for flute, clarinet and piano was commissioned by the Center for Creative Youth at Wesleyan University in 1984 for performance at its summer session later that same year. Designed to be played by gifted students of high school age and not by professional virtuosi, Colloquies nevertheless remains true to the century in which it was composed by employing a variety of contemporary techniques but in ways that are accessible to less experienced, developing young musicians.
The form of Colloquies is really that of a fantasy, that is, it is in one movement and freely alternates ideas that are sharply contrasting in character. The title was suggested by the changing relationships which the three instruments establish
among themselves, the two winds, for example, heard as a pair playing either lyrically or in sprightly counterpoint or the piano occasionally playing alone in a rather Romantic, almost improvisatory manner.
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Version: for flute, clarinet & piano
Year composed: 1984
Ensemble type: Chamber or Jazz Ensemble, Without Voice:Other Combinations, 2-5 players
Instrumentation: 1 Flute, 1 Clarinet, 1 Piano