AUGUSTA READ THOMAS


Avian Capriccio

for brass quintet (2016)


Oblong folio (280 x 432 mm). Executed in multi-coloured inks. Signed by composer at lower right corner.

“The brass quintet Avian Capriccio is typically free-wheeling in its evocation of 3 contrasting types of birds. Thus, hummingbirds set the ball rolling as the brass dart, cavort and hocket in their unpredictable, airborne games. In solemn contrast, the middle movement’s swans glide in slowly exfoliating ariosi as the music, beginning quietly, grows progressively eloquent. The finale seems to initially grow out of the swans’ floating stillness, but it soon kicks off in a romp of playfully be-bopping syncopations as Thomas’ Charlie Parker-ish canaries take centre stage and bring this triptych to an ebullient conclusion.” © Paul Pellay, from the composer’s website

Avian Capriccio was premiered on 16 September 2016 by Axiom Brass.


Published by J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians

J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians was established in 1977 by John and Jude Lubrano. Since that time, the firm has come to be recognized as one of the leading international antiquarian dealers in the specialities of Music and Dance.

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