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"Songs on the Waves" : a composition for flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone and piano Covey, Richard


“Songs on the Waves” is a 20 – 21 minute chamber work for flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone and piano. Each of the four movements draws upon a different specific Canadian maritime folksong, and uses different elements of the traditional music to create its linear, harmonic and textural components. In some instances, the folksongs also inspire the form of the movements, as well as the constituent large and small-scale musical structures. Primarily, the movements seek to capture the essence of the poetic expression found in the folksongs. This is achieved through compositional choices regarding form, harmonic language, gesture, instrumentation, and the integration of the traditional materials into each movement. The result is a unique piece of art music that adds to the tradition of folksong-inspired works in the contemporary literature.

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