PAST AND PRESENT
2 MOVEMENTS FROM STRING QUARTET 'ANIMA' © Wayne Neilson 2022
Composed for Flinders Quartet 2022 Ascend Program.
Movement I and III has been workshopped, recorded and performed by Flinders Quartet in July 2022. Produced and recorded by Tom Grubb. Recorded in the sublime acoustics of the Collins St Baptist Church Melbourne, Australia.
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Movement I "Chasing Moths" Follows the highly animated afternoon of a Tasmanian Spotted Tail Quoll hunting for an evening meal. The movement captures the skittish nature of this delightful creature.
Movement III "Whales Lament" Echos of the Southern Right Whale, harking back to the mid 1800's off the coast of Bruny Island. The Island was home to a number of whaling stations for the purpose of extracting whale oil. The lament is a haunting reminder of the slaughter of these majestic animals.
Performers: Flinders Quartet
Recording: Collins St Baptist Church Melbourne
Producer and Recording Engineer: Tom Grubb
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WIND QUINTET 'Pandemos' © Wayne Neilson 2020
Composed during the Global COVID-19 Pandemic, my Wind Quintet reflects an emotional response to four distinct time points during the year. Taking inspiration from musical techniques and forms from the past to tell a story of the present. The movements are connected by various motifs, echoing Cyclic form. The introductory motifs take centre stage as the main thematic material for the extended section C in the fourth movement, as well as appearing in various iterations and transformations throughout the work.
Introduction and Allegretto -
'New Years Anticipation' The year starts with promise and anticipation.... pre COVID.
A bright sonata/rondo, mixed metre, melodious, flourishes, and exciting rhythmic conversations between the ensemble dominate.
Largo 'Lament for a Troubled World'
A Lament for those who have lost their lives to COVID-19 during 2020. Of note: variation technique, passacaglia and
the two note sighing figure
Intermezzo - replaces a traditional scherzo
'A Disordered and Chaotic World'
With New York hard hit early on in the pandemic, elements of the New York Jazz scene come to mind, albeit slightly disordered and chaotic.
Presto - 'The Year ends in Promise and hope'
A lively rondo as Democracy prevails and signs of peace and hope start to emerge as countries think about delivering the COVID-19 vaccines.