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by Omega Ensemble

A collection of miniatures for clarinet and piano that celebrates the small: from small creatures and things, to brief time spans and shortened forms.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Overture & Miniature: I. Ugly Ducklings
1:53 $0.99
2. Miniature: II. A Butterfly at Sunset
2:57 $0.99
3. Miniature: III. Toy Trains
1:28 $0.99
4. Miniature: IV. Vigil (Through the Small Hours)
2:08 $0.99
5. Miniature: V. In the Form of a Grand Fugue
0:06 $0.99
6. Fermeture & Miniature: VI. Musette & Precis
2:21 $0.99
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Album Notes
Anderson’s “Miniatures” is a celebration of the small: from small creatures (“Ugly Ducklings”) and things (“Toy Trains”), to brief time spans (“A Butterfly at Sunset”) and shortened forms (“Précis” and – ironically – “In the Form of a Grand Fugue”). The opening miniature announces the generally light-hearted nature of the work with its up-tempo spoof of a famous work by Saint-Saëns (a man known for his down-tempo satire). There is, however, pathos to be found. In “A Butterfly at Sunset” we find the colours of a butterfly no more resplendent than when lit by the fiery glow of the setting sun, but we are also aware that this moment heralds the end of the day and – according to popular myth – the butterfly too. In “Vigil”, anguished pre-dawn hours are echoed in the work, eventually to be banished by the arrival of a new day and renewed hope. Overall, with its structural similarities and musical allusions to “The Carnival of the Animals”, Anderson’s “Miniatures” might be seen as a small (!) tribute to Saint-Saens’ masterpiece: a “Carnival of the Small”, as it were.



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