Jane Stanley: Helix Reflection [download]
Work for flute and clarinet, composed in September 2013.
Premiered by Lamorna Nightingale and Jason Noble on 18 October 2013, Concert Hall, University of Glasgow
Computer typeset score (7pp total) saved as pdf file for immediate download.
Helix Reflection is a concentrated mediation for flute and clarinet. An impetus for the piece was the image of a double helix. This is evoked musically through interweaving melodic activity between the two lines. The piece opens with the two instruments playing sustained notes separated by a small interval. Their sonorities are coloured with microtonal inflections, glissandi and variations in vibrato. Over time harmonic stasis gives way to greater mobility and melodic ornamentation.