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Karchin, Louis: Quest 



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  • Program notes: 

    Quest was written for a concert of the Plurimo Ensemble of Venice, Italy (one of two works I have written for the group, the second being my oboe and violin duet, Dreamscape). The thematic idea suggested to the composers for this particular concert was complex: the influence of the founder of the 19th century Theosophical movement, Madame Helena Blavatsky, on the Dutch painter Mondrian. Finding it difficult to translate this relationship into musical terms, I decided to concentrate instead on the interaction between the two instruments of the duo at hand: flute and harp. It seemed as if their partnership could be portrayed, and perhaps likened to what might occur between the leader of a movement and the movement’s followers. In my idea, the flute became the protagonist (Madame Blavatsky), and the harp, the crowd of followers surrounding her: rowdy at first, questioning, even angry, but later more convinced, willing to listen and try out some of her ideas, and ultimately reassured, with both leader and followers achieving harmony. The work, therefore, is about the inter-relation of the “instrumental characters,” rather than about a particular movement or philosophical theory. It lasts about eight minutes.





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