Flothuis, Marius

“The title of Flothuis' 'Zoeken naar zuiverheid en schoonheid' [Search for purity and beauty], his 'in memoriam' for his friend Witold Lutoslawski, could actually also stand as the motto of ...

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Dramatische ouverture : opus 16, voor orkest, 1946 / Marius Flothuis

Publisher: Amsterdam: Donemus, cop. 1952
Publisher's number: 01896
Genre: Orchestra
Subgenre: Orchestra
Scoring: 3333 4331 2timp perc cel str
Remarks: Bew., ook voor orkest. - Bew. van de componist. - Jaar van bew.: 1951. - Tijdsduur: 12'
Duration: 12'00"
Year of composition: 1946
Status: not yet digitized (expected delivery time 14 days)

Other authors:
Flothuis, Marius (orchestrator)
Program note (English): The 'Dramatic overture' originally was the introduction to an opera, which the author intended to compose after a novel by A. Roland Holst, Deirdre and the sons of Usnach. The opera was never written, but the overture was sketched in 1943 and completed three years later. The character of the themes is determined by the contents of the novel, but the overture is not a symphonic résumé of the drama. It consists of 5 parts:
I:a slow introduction, in which the principal ideas are the motive of the timpani (a) in bar 2 sqq. and the flute melody in bar 16 (b); II: a quick section (twice as quick as the introduction), in which b is developed and a new motive is introduced (c, trumpet, 52); first culminating point in 69 sqq.; III: a slow intermezzo (130), which is melodicly independent (oboe melody of 16 bars), then 16 bars violin solo with free canon of the flute, and finally in the last section, the motives a and c are vaguely threatening in the background; IV: continues II and introduces a new motiv (d, oboe and clarinet, 188); culminating points in 203 (subito più mosso) and 253, where all the motives are sounding together; V: epilogue, abridged repeat of the introduction with partial modification of the orchestration. - MARIUS FLOTHUIS

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