Thu, 14 Oct | St Mary's Church

Ensemble Mirage

Ensemble Mirage is a dynamic flexi-ensemble based in London, UK, enabling the exploration and programming of the whole range of Clarinet-String-Piano chamber music; beginning primarily with the core three clarinet trios and building upwards.
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Ensemble Mirage

Time & Location

14 Oct 2021, 12:45 – 13:45
St Mary's Church, Church St, Aylesbury HP20 2JJ, UK

About the Event

Ensemble Mirage

Ensemble Mirage is a dynamic flexi-ensemble based in London, UK, enabling the exploration and programming of the whole range of Clarinet-String-Piano chamber music, beginning primarily with the core three clarinet trios and building upwards. They were delighted to be selected for the 2016/17 St John’s Smith Square Young Artists’ Scheme, a 2017 Aldeburgh Chamber Music Residency and were finalists in the 66th Royal Overseas League Mixed Chamber category. They are also Making Music Selected Artists as 'Matthew Scott and Friends'.

Musicians

Matthew Scott (clarinet), Kasia Ziminska (violin/viola), Rosemary Hinton (Violin), Ricardo Fuentes Contreras (Viola), Ella Rundle (cello)

Music programme

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Clarinet Quintet in A, K581

(performed on Basset Clarinet)

Herbert Howells, Rhapsodic Quintet, Op.31

Programme notes

Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet was written in 1789, two years before his death, for the clarinettist Anton Stadler. It was originally composed for basset clarinet, and that is how it will be performed at the concert.

Movements: 

  1. Allegro, A major, in typical sonata form: exposition, development and recapitulation. Many will immediately recognize the beautiful opening theme. 
  2. Larghetto, D major. 
  3. Menuetto with Trio I in A minor and Trio II in A major
  4. Allegretto con variazioni, A major (Variation III in C major) The presentation of the theme with 16 bars is followed by four variations. 
  5. This is followed by two basically independent small movements: an Adagio with and an Allegro.

The Rhapsodic Quintet of Herbert Howells has been described as belonging to ‘a lost world'. Its linguistic sureties—not

merely tonal but diatonically tonal’ (Howells’s personal brand of harmonic/polyphonic chromaticism was a much later

development) would strike a post-war generation of composers as insular and anachronistic. Howells showed ‘a

certain fondness for rhapsodic, florid textures, long singing lines, lively and probably dance-derived rhythms’.

See further Clarinet Quintets which compares the work with those by Elizabeth and Arnold Cooke.

Doors open at 12:15 and the performance starts at 12:45.

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