An octet using the same combination as the Schubert Octet and in one continuous movement. Evocative sound colours within the ensemble depict the life cycle of the octopus.
This Octet was commissioned by Donald Armstrong for his group Amici, to be performed in concerts around the Wellington region in 2007-8. The premiere took place in Waikanae, July 15.
It is scored for the same combination as the famous Schubert Octet in F: 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, clarinet, bassoon, horn in F
The Octet is in three linked sections, with the following subtitles:
The Octet was composed as part of the composer's work at the University of Otago.
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