Night Airs

for mixed chamber ensemble

Angela Elizabeth Slater

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Composer Angela Elizabeth Slater
Year of Composition 2014
Duration ca.5'
Instrumentation Clarinet In Bb, Flute, Piano, Percussion, Violin, Violoncello
Categories (all composers) ,
Catalogue ID ce-as1na1


Night Airs is from a series of pieces inspired by the natural world and explores imagery of the night. The piece opens with a stillness that explores different timbral combinations to create unusual tone colours. This stillness is disturbed by energetic bursts of colour that act as pre-echoes to the more melodically and rhythmically agile faster section. The faster section continues to combine the instrumental voices in interesting ways and particularly shows off the agility of the flute and clarinet in duet passages. Dovetailing cascades return the music to the stillness of the opening as the night draws to a close.