Gazebo Music

Judith Shatin

About this work:
Gazebo Music , for flute and cello, is a piece that is both pastoral and intimate, created for a site-specific dance while the composer was participating in the composer/choreographer program at the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina in 1981. The musicians played in a gazebo while the dancers wended their way through the woods, peeked over the railing of the gazebo, and ended lying on the branches of a huge old magnolia tree. The intertwining of the flute and cello lines creates its own musical choreography. The roles of the instruments are mixed, matched, and inverted. The music, which begins with interlocking flute/cello chords, and lightens into scherzo-like hide-and-seek, ends with a wave-like rocking of interlocked seventh chords. Gazebo Music was recorded by Da Capo Chamber Players on Dreamtigers, a disk of Shatin’s Chamber Music. It is published by Arsis Press.
Year composed: 1981
Duration: 00:06:00
Ensemble type: Chamber or Jazz Ensemble, Without Voice:Other Combinations, 2-5 players
Instrumentation: 1 Flute, 1 Cello
Instrumentation notes: fl, vc

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