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Wind Rose

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Elliot Carter

Elliott Carter

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: VII (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Alto Flute I-II
English Horn I-II
Bassoon I-II-III
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

When Ellen Highstein, Director of the Tanglewood Music Center, asked me to write a piece to be premiered during their festival of my music at Tanglewood in the summer of 2008, I thought it would be interesting to write a piece for strings that depended only on density of textures with no linear material, no change of color or dynamics, with this in mind, I wrote Sound Fields. When my friend, the composer/conductor Oliver Knussen heard this first performance at Tanglewood, where he was conducting many of my pieces that summer, he suggested that I write a companion piece for winds. This led to Wind Rose, which adds changes of color. The piece is dedicated to Oliver Knussen. I started writing it on July 28, 2008 and finished it on August 8, 2008.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • New York Woodwind Quintet (Charles Neidich, conductor) – 11 February 2010 *U.S. Premiere Performance*
  • BBC Symphony Orchestra (Oliver Knussen, conductor) – 16 December 2008 *Premiere Performance*

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