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Renga Miniatures for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Piano, Violin and Cello (2007)

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“Is this the piece for you?”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

If you are lucky enough to be a member of an advanced mixed chamber or have enough friends to form one, and you are adventurous then this is just the piece for you! Charlotte Bray is one of the UK's brightest composers and this is such an atmospheric piece it's easy to see why. The colours woven by skillful use of the instruments and her imaginative use of rhythm make this piece really interesting both to play and to listen to. If you really are lucky enough give it a try!

From the Publisher

Renga Miniatures takes its name from the traditional Japanese poetic form of a Renga, on which the five miniature pieces are based. The form and content of a renga is made up of complex rules, some of which I have taken and translated into a musical language. For example, a renga is made up of a chain of stanzas, 17 and 14 syllables in length used alternately. I translated this into quarter note (crotchet) or eight note (quaver) beats and used this to guide the phrase lengths and duration of the individual pieces. The five movements represent the seasons in Japanese tradition; New Year is seen as a season of its own. An engagement with nature is also an important feature in a renga, which I found to be the main inspiration for my work. The combinations of colours available in the ensemble were the driving force behind the composition.

The composer Charlotte Bray has emerged as a distinctive and outstanding talent of her generation. Exhibiting uninhibited ambition and desire to communicate, her music is exhilarating, inherently vivid, and richly expressive with lyrical intensity

Performance duration (approx): 10'00

Difficulty guide: 9
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is total beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute doubling on Alto Flute doubling on Piccolo
  • Part 2: Bb Clarinet doubling on Bass Clarinet
  • Part 3: French Horn
  • Part 4: Piano
  • Part 5: Violin
  • Part 6: Cello
Category: Other Flute and String Music
Publisher: Composers Edition
Publisher's reference: Ce-cb1rm1-pr-s
Our Stock Code: 1447750
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts (26 pages [score])

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