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Michael Ippolito

Michael Ippolito

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General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 12:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Michael Ippolito
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. Equilibrium Caprice
2. Somnambulist Elevator
3. The Harlequin’s Carnival


Full Score
C Piccolo
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV-V-VI
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV-V-VI
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone I-II
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef) I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Wayward Images was inspired by three works of Dadaist and Surrealist art from the 1920s. The first movement is a musical response to Paul Klee’s 1923 sketch called Equilibrium Caprice. Klee’s grotesque drawing is a stack of objects, cartoonish body parts, and other bizarre figures, precariously hanging from and balancing on top of each other. My short introductory movement is based on a series of musical equilibrium puzzles: high chords are answered with their mirror image in the low range, patterns of notes run forward and backward, melodies and accompaniments are turned upside-down.

The second movement recreates the dreamy surrealism of Max Ernst’s 1920 Somnambulist Elevator, a collage of medical illustrations with a human figure seeming to lift off the ground. In this movement, a simple rising scale becomes the basis for a free musical fantasy.

The final movement responds to Joan Miró’s major work, The Harlequin’s Carnival, from 1925-26. Miró’s busy canvas is full of fanciful creatures that seem to dance around the pathetic Harlequin (a clownish stock character from commedia dell’arte). In homage to Miró’s home region of Spain, my musical finale uses a pastiche of Catalan dance tunes (some quotations and some parodies) swirling around a lovelorn serenade to recreate the carnival atmosphere, and the downcast Harlequin stuck in the middle of it all.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.) Wind Symphony I (Curran Prendergast, conductor) – 6 November 2015

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