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Theme and Variations

......But We Must Still Be Seeking? 

Mavrud III

for Wind Quintet

for Wind Quintet

Duo for Flutes & Percussion

Malcolm Dedman

Dr Clement Jewitt

Dr. Clement Jewitt 

Level: 4

Level: E

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ThemeAndVariations

ButWeMust 

Mavrud III

 Score Example

Score Example

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Programme notes for Theme and Variations, for Wind Quintet by Malcolm Dedman

 

 

This Theme and Variations was written in 2004 for an assignment, the brief being to provide a suitable ambience for a museum of classical sculpture. This, together with the performers being required to dress in late-eighteenth century costume, suggested to me that the theme should be as close as possible to a classical idiom. Having considered alternative idioms, such as background ‘furniture’ music and repetitive minimalist music, a neo-classical approach seemed to be the most appropriate.

 

Each of the variations highlights one of the five instruments, taken in the order of flute, horn, bassoon, oboe and clarinet. The variations are also contrasted in style and tempo, suggested by the sub-titles: Scherzo, Elegy, Nocturne, Choral and Homage to Scarlatti. This suggests the variety of sculptures I imagine to be on display at the museum. The piece closes with a short reprise of the original theme.

 

 

Malcolm Dedman 

 

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About the Piece:

Winner of the Birmingham Chamber Music Society Composition Prize,

First performed by Zephyr Winds (Rachel Holt, Ruth Davies, Chris Swann, David Garbutt & Helen Peller) at the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham, Dec. 8th, 2001.

Clement Jewitt

 

 

  

 

 

 

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Programme Notes for

 ‘Mavrud III’ 

 

Mavrud III is based on the North Indian rãg Dipak, whose character is fire. The relationship is not strict in detail, but overall the traditional form is followed. The opening is a free exploration of the 

notes. Section A introduces some rhythm, and sections B to F consist of repeats of the same rhythmic cycle (of Carnatic character) a total of 18 times. Thus it is important from B to F to preserve the tempo relationships between sections so that each cycle is the same length (24 secs or close to that). 

 

Dr. Clement Jewitt

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