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Vagabond Coils (Grade 6)

for Flute, Clarinet, Viola, & Cello


Inspired by the music of Mark Gresham, this rollocking and rugged work lilts and spins, turning on a beat that is built upon an ostinato set in 5/8 meter. Selected as the winner of the Atlanta Contemporary Ensemble’s 2022-23 Composers Competition, the work will make an excellend addition to your chamber music, recital, or competitive programming.

Vagabond Coils (Grade 6)

  • Title: Vagabond Coils

    Author: Original

    Time: 9 Minutes

    Orchestration: Mixed Chamber Ensemble

    Kind: Quartet

    Instrumentation: Flute, Clarinet, Viola, Cello

    Program Notes: This is a work inspired primarily by the music of Mark Gresham. While the title takes its name from two pieces written by Gresham, called “Vagabond Drumming” and “Mortal Coils,” I used them both quite loosely. The piece, stylistically speaking, is a bit rugged and untamed. There is a certain folk element to the rhythm and meter that I thought could be suggestive of some of the more rollicking and tuneful melodies that Gresham is known for writing. Also, the main melody, first presented by the clarinet, possesses a certain lilt, a spinning quality that twists and turns with the beat, which is built on an ostinato set in 5/8 meter. The work is in 2 main sections, one fast, the other slow, with a short recapitulation of the primary theme, to cap the piece off. 



    Commissioned (Premier performance) by - 

    Kanad Khan, flute
    Barbra Ann Bon Giovanni, clarinet 

    Amy Leventhal, viola 

    Elizabeth Murphy, cello 



    Key: N/A

    Written: 2014

    Premiered: May 1, 2014

  • This music is available as a digital download. Please include your email address in your purchase information, and allow for up to 24 business hours to recieve your music. 

    Hard copies are available for shipping upon request.

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