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Distant Beauties. Music composition for flute and viola composed for a re-working of the Prologue to Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Sleeping Beauty.

Armstrong, Thomas (2017) Distant Beauties. Music composition for flute and viola composed for a re-working of the Prologue to Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Sleeping Beauty. [Composition]

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Abstract

The music of Distant Beauties is based entirely on the Pas de Six from the prologue to Tchaikovsky’s and Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty. The original orchestral score is reduced to just two single line instruments - flute and viola. The aim has not been to create an arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s music but to treat it as raw material from which a new piece may be fashioned. Tchaikovsky’s score is treated as a medium to be carved into and re-shaped, many notes are excised bringing into relief new melodies, revealing previously concealed music, or presenting streamlined, leaner versions of the originals. No attempt is made to compensate for the missing orchestral instruments with virtuosic flute and viola writing, instead the emphasis is on a direct and unadorned presentation in which sparsity and, occasionally, silence come to the fore.

Item Type: Composition
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Arts
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Armstrong, ThomasT.Armstrong@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 13 May 2017
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright Tom Armstrong 2017
Additional Information : First performed at Merlin Theatre, Frome, UK May 13, 2017. Further performances: 18.05.17 Farnham Maltings, 23.05.17 Stamford Arts Centre, 24.05.17 Hereward College, 06.06.16 Pentland Theatre London Studio Centre, 08.06.17 Burton and South Derbyshire College, 13-14.06.17 Lilian Baylis Studio Sadlers Wells.
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 30 Jun 2017 08:30
Last Modified : 30 Jun 2017 08:30
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/841525

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