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Fantasia 7 after Henry Purcell (Chamber Ensemble/Score)

George Benjamin

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In George Benjamin’s masterful transcription of Henry Purcell’s Fantazia No.7 (19 June 1680) the music is transposed up a fifth into G minor; otherwise not a note is altered. To match the celeste’s ethereal timbre the other instruments play very quietly throughout; the clarinettist is asked to produce that very pure sound known as ‘echo tone’, while the violin and cello are confined almost entirely to harmonics and pizzicato. This 5-minute piece has a formal scheme of five short ‘movements’: a slow contrapuntal opening, giving way to a faster-moving section; a central chordal passage; a second fast contrapuntal section and a brief slow coda.

‘The Fantasia sounded completely unusual in Benjamin’s adaptation: strange, lacerated and frayed. Wonderful evidence of Purcell’s modernity.’
Die Welt (Stephan Hoffmann), 22 March 1996

Publisher: Faber Music

ISBN: 0571517315

Item Code: 0571517315

Price: £9.99
Availability:33 in stock Territory restrictions apply, see Add. Info

Genre(s): Contemporary

Score/Parts: Score

Territories: Item available Worldwide

  • Clarinet
  • Violin
  • Cello
  • Celesta