Scarlet Crimson Carmine
for eleven strings

Sean Clarke
Sean Clarke
Composition Date: 2015
Duration: 00:05:05
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, String Orchestra


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 6 x Violin
  • 2 x Viola
  • 2 x Violoncello
  • 1 x Double bass
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Programme Note:
Scarlet, crimson and carmine are three deep shades of red. They evoke conflicting images of passion, death, love, anger, tenderness, and violence. Though broadly similar, these intense hues are distinct and rich in their own right when examined closely. Furthermore, there is room for subtle variation and contrast within each shade. Similarly, this piece examines three musical ideas that are developed and transformed over time. The form consists of a set of triple variations followed by a brief coda: A1 B1 C1 – A2 B2 C2 – A3 B3 C3 – Coda (B4)Working against the episodic nature of variation form, however, is a dramatic through line that fuses the short sections together and gives the work a distinct emotional trajectory. This connective thread leads the listener through a wide range of affective territory in a relatively short amount of time; a densely packed journey through a vermilion-soaked landscape.

Premiere Information:
28 January 2016, Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, Montréal, Quebec
Ensemble Arkea, Dina Gilbert; cond.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1500 C611sc
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, String Orchestra
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • April 1, 2016
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (18 p. ) ;
    18 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    Parts page count: 22
    11 parts
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Commissioned by Ensemble Arkea
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