Piano Quintet
for two violins, viola, cello, and piano

John Plant
Composer
John Plant
Composition Date: 2015
Duration: 00:16:23
Genre: Strings (bowed), + Keyboard, Quintet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello / Keyboard)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
I. Where are you?The opening three-note motif evokes the words Where are you? This leads to a canonic dialogue for the two violins in their highest range, suggesting overlapping memories. A stark recurring funeral waltz fragment for the piano is now heard, which will recur throughout the piece as a haunting refrain, between the more sustained, longing, lyrical, desolate sections voiced by the quintet. The long coda, embedding both the opening gesture and the waltz in its texture, suggests a kind of groping towards a luminous realm, which seems more and more evanescent.This movement was composed as an elegy for my parents.
II. Scherzo.Spiky, nervous, clashing pizzicati yield to a brief, impetuous burst of melody, enveloped in swirling glissandi. The movement continues to unfold in a flowing but inexorable playful, spirited and mirthful rhythmic momentum.This movement is dedicated with great affection and admiration to Blue Engine String Quartet.
III. Twilight with birds.The twilight is permeated with fragments of birdsong accompanying the birds’ soaring, swooping flight, woven into an increasingly blissful and peaceful nocturnal atmosphere. The woodpecker has the last word.This movement is dedicated to my late aunt Helen Quilliam, founding member of Kingston Field Naturalists. A bird sanctuary in Sydenham, Ontario bears her name.
IV. Passacaglia. The Passacaglia is based on a mode from which the notes of the C sharp minor triad (C

Premiere Information:
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Lilian B. Piercey Concert Hall
4 Oct 2015
Blue Engine String Quartet; John Plant, piano

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 3245 P713pia
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), + Keyboard, Quintet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello / Keyboard)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • October 12, 2017
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    59 Pages
    Height: 11 inches
    Width: 8.5 inches
    Parts page count: 61
    Parts
    61 Pages
    Height: 11 inches
    Width: 8.5 inches
  • Additional Information:
  • Commissioned by Arts Nova Scotia

    I. Where are you?
    II. Scherzo
    III. Twilight with birds
    IV. Passacaglia
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