Albert Biales

Reflections on Three Stage Designs by Marc Chagall

Instrumentation2/2/2/2 2/2/0/0 Strings Harp, Piano, Percussion, Timpani
Lengththree movements : c. 13 minutes combined
DifficultyModerate difficulty. playable by accomplished college, civic, or professional orchestra.
CommentsThree movements representing composer's reflections on reproductions of Chagall Stage Designs for Stravinsky's Firebird. Titles: I - The Enchanted Forest; II - The Enchanted Palace: III - Red and White (Stellar Spheres). The work is tonal with free use of dissonance. Lyrical, expressive. Final fast movement has frequent meter changes. The work is not based on the influence or style of Stravinsky.
SourcesScore, parts, tape recording available from the composer:

Albert Biales,
1763 Beechwood,
St. Paul, MN. 55116
Phone: (651) 690-2145
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HistoryThe work was selected, in a national competition, by the American Composers Forum and the Minnesota Plymouth Series for their Orchestra Reading Program. After a brief rehearsal, the work is read and recorded. The tape available is that of the Plymouth Orchestra reading in Feb, 2000 under the baton of Philip Brunelle. There has been no official public premiere of the work.
ContributorAlbert Biales, Professor Emeritus (music history and theory), The College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN

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