A Drop of Honey
for clarinet, sitar, violin, viola & cello

Composition Date: 2018
Duration: 00:10:00
Genre: Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Quintets, Woodwind(s), Plectral String(s) / Bowed String(s)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Ethnic plucked strings
  • 1 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
“Hope. It’s like a drop of honey, a field of tulips blooming in the springtime. It’s a fresh rain, a whispered promise, a cloudless sky...” –Tahereh Mafi"A Drop of Honey" was created especially for a subset of the Allegra Chamber Orchestra-- one of the only all-female professional orchestras in the world, based in Vancouver, Canada, directed by Janna Sailor. The piece was written for a special concert, “Songs for Scheherazade”, as part of Vancouver’s Indian Summer Festival. "A Drop of Honey" is loosely based in Raag Charukeshi, a scale used in classical Indian music, with a sharp 3rd degree of the scale, and a flat 6th and 7th. The music develops slowly and gently, through an introduction and a couple of shorter, improvised alap sections in the sitar, building into a steady tempo. Toward the middle of the piece, an ancient pavane melody, “Belle qui tiens ma vie”, by French composer Jehan Tabourot (1520-1595), makes its appearance in the strings and clarinet, before morphing back into the Charukeshi scale. The piece continues to build up to a quick-tempo jhala conclusion."A Drop of Honey" received its premiere by Allegra Chamber Orchestra, with Mohamed Assani (sitar), at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, on July 15th, 2018.

Premiere Information:
15 Jul 2018, Ismaili Centre, Burnaby, BC, Canada
Allegra Chamber Orchestra, with Mohamed Assani (sitar)
Janna Sailor, conductor

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 8516 K741dro 2018
  • Genre:
  • Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Quintets, Woodwind(s), Plectral String(s) / Bowed String(s)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • July 18, 2018
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    29 Pages
    Height: 30 inches
    Width: 23 inches
    Parts page count: 37
    Parts
    37 Pages
    Height: 30 inches
    Width: 23 inches
  • Additional Information:
  • Commissioned by Allegra Chamber Orchestra
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