Ode to Aquarius
for Bb clarinet and string quartet

Neil McKay
Composer
Neil McKay
Composition Date: 2009
Duration: 00:08:00
Genre: Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Quintets, Woodwind(s), Bowed String(s)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
Ode to Aquarius was commissioned by Keiko Sato, sister of artist Tadashi Sato.
Written for solo clarinet and string quartet, the composition commemorates the
restoration in 2009 of the artist's mosaic "Aquarius" that graces the rotunda of the
Hawai'i State Capitol building.

The entire work is based on two melodic motives, the first (introduced by the clarinet) derived from Hawaiian chant. Strings join the clarinet in developing the
lyrical second motive, culminating in a clarinet cadenza. Propelled by the strings, a more intense climax follows, after which the clarinet returns with the 'chant'
motive, guiding the work to a serene conclusion.

Premiere Information:
4/4/11, Paliku Theatre, Windward Community College, Kaneohe, Oahu, HI. James Moffitt, clarinet; Galliard String Quartet (Claire Hazzard, violin; Wu Hung, violin; Ethan Pernela, viola; Joanna Morrison-Pernela, cello)

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 8513 M1532ode
  • Genre:
  • Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Quintets, Woodwind(s), Bowed String(s)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • April 3, 2012
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (11 p.) ;
    11 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 15
    5 parts ([15] p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:

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