Siphonophorae Hilda Paredes

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13 mins

Small Ensemble Sextet

1 Flute (=Bass Flute), 1 A Clarinet(=B-flat Clarinet), 1 Piano, 1 Violin, 1 Viola, 1 Violoncello

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Score ISMN 57036-734-4 £13.95
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flute, clarinet, piano, violin, viola and cello

Programme note

In writing Siphonophorae I allowed myself to go through a process of discovery, which led me to find contrasting shapes and ideas, but always following a thread that unites them. During the compositional process the sculpture of Thomas Glassford of the same title, which I had seen a few weeks before at the Museo del Chopo in Mexico City, came to mind. This is a very large piece of work whose imaginative shapes are part of a whole body. The title of both the sculpture and my piece is taken from the scientific name for a sea coelenterate, which has many tentacles of different shapes.

The work was written for Ensemble Recherche to whom is dedicated, an ensemble whose abilities are also a source of inspiration and freedom to allow the imagination to discover new ways of listening.

Siphonophorae was premiered by Ensemble Recherche in November 2016 at Casa della Musica in Parma, as part of the celebrations for the twenty fifth anniversary of Traiettoria Festival.

Ensemble Recherche, Traiettorie Festival, Parma, 3rd November 2016
  • 19 Nov 2019 | 7:30pm |

    Auditorium of the Conservatoire de Paris, 14 rue de Madrid, 75008 Paris


    Musicians from Court-circuit and BCMG, 

    Conducing - Jean Deroyer

  • 14 Jun 2019 | 7:30pm |

    The Bradshaw Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR  


    Court-circuit, with BCMG and NEXT musicians, Jean Deroyer (conductor)

  • 8 Jun 2018 | 7:30pm |

    Baird Recital Hall, University at Buffalo


    Ensemble Mise-En

  • 3 Nov 2016 | 8:30pm |

    Traiettorie Festival, Sala dei Concerti della Casa della Musica, Parma, Italy


    Ensemble Recherche