Six short Pieces on a series of pitches by Arnold Schönberg for two flutes or flute and violin (1989)

by Bruce Christian Bennett

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Six short Pieces were composed one rainy night in February of 1989 in Portland, Oregon. These pieces are fairly baroque in their conception -- they are six pieces of twelve measures each, each based on the same series of twelve pitches from the opening bassoon line from the unfinished oratorio by Arnold Schönberg, Die Jakobsleiter. The first piece is a canon at the unison, the second is in free counterpoint, the third is a two-part invention, the fourth is a crab canon, the fifth is a two-part fugue, and the sixth and final piece is a palindrome.

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