Circles (2008) - Belinda Reynolds
for flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, & cello
Commissioned by Bill Ryan and the GVSU New Music Ensemble
BEGIN is a work for mixed chamber ensemble. It was commissioned by Bill Ryan and the GVSU New Music Ensemble as part of their 2008-09 concert season. The work gets its name from the way the opening duo’s melodies ‘circle’ around each other, ‘triggering’ the other instruments to play and create their own ‘circles’ of melodies based on the opening’s duo. The title also makes reference to how the harmonies circle around certain chromatic intervals, to give the illusion of being in two tonal areas at the same time. Special thanks goes to Bill Ryan and his crackerjack crew of musicians. Their energy and spirit helped to make this a fun, fascinating piece to write.
Approx. Duration: 8'