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Two Pastorales

Listen to two excerpts from Two Pastorales as recorded by the Seattle New Music Ensemble.












Composer: Bruce Hamilton
Instrumentation: flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano
Year Composed: 1998
Duration: 10 minutes
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Resonant Edges
This piece can be heard on the CD Resonant Edges (performed by Denise Fillion, piano, and Bruce Hamilton, vibraphone), available from Capstone Records, Townhall Records and

Program Notes:

Two Pastorales, commissioned by Carbondale Community Arts in 1998, is scored for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano. While not based on any pastoral idea per se, both movements seem to exude an "outdoorsy" feeling, partly due to the occasional presence of harmonic drones and shimmering textures. To me, the first movement (now) sounds a bit like a stroll through the woods, while the second gives the impression of flying low over green fields. Perhaps this music reflects the thick Midwestern summer days in which it was written. Frank Stemper conducted musicians from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale for the first performance in September 1998. There is no separation between movements.

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