• Thea Musgrave
  • Impromptu No 2 (1970)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned by Department of Music, University College, Cardiff, in association with the Welsh Arts Council

  • fl.ob.cl
  • 9 min

Programme Note

Impromptu No. 2 for Flute, Oboe and Clarinet was commissioned by the Department of Music, University College, Cardiff, in association with the Welsh Arts Council.

It was written in the summer of 1970 in Santa Barbara where the composer had been visiting professor in the University of California.

As implied by the title, the work is light-hearted and brilliant and it has been notated in such a way that it can be played with considerable rhythmic freedom.

Sandwiched between the opening section and the closely related coda where all three instruments are more or less equally balanced, comes Andante espressivo led by the flute, Drammatico led by the clarinet, and finally Leggiero & Fantastico where the oboe predominates.

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