Compass Kaleidoscope

Composer: Clearfield, Andrea
Instrumentation: Woodwind Quintet Instruments: Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, French Horn, Oboe
Genre: Contemporary

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Compass Kaleidoscope was commissioned by the Pennsylvania Quintet (Penn State Faculty members) in celebration of their 30 Year Anniversary. It is based on a theme related to Pennsylvania: Amish quilts. Pennsylvania is noted for its longtime quilt making arts, a tradition started in the early 1800's by Amish and Mennonite women in Lancaster county. Each of the five movements of the quintet is inspired by a different traditional quilt pattern chosen by a member of the quintet. The musical materials were derived from the geometric shapes, color palette, arrangement of blocks, the name of the design and traditional folk melodies. Some of the compositional ideas were informed by the composer's synesthesia where particular pitches are associated with colors.

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    I. Compass Kaleidoscope

    II. Old Maid's Ramble

    III. Mexican Rose

    IV. Bleeding Hearts

    V. Windblown Square

    The premiere took place at Penn State University, Esber Recital Hall on April 12, 2015

    Parts include:

    Flute and Alto Flute

    Oboe, English Horn and Triangle

    Clarinet, Triangle and Bass Clarinet

    Horn in F and Triangle

    Bassoon and Triangle

    Andrea Clearfield is an award-winning composer of music for opera, orchestra, chorus, chamber ensemble, dance, and multimedia collaborations. Clearfield creates deep, emotive musical languages that build cultural and artistic bridges. She has been praised by the New York Times for her “graceful tracery and lively, rhythmically vital writing”, the Philadelphia Inquirer for her “compositional wizardry” and “mastery with large choral and instrumental forces”, the L.A. Timesfor her “fluid and glistening orchestration” and by Opera News for her “vivid and galvanizing” music of “timeless beauty”.

    Her works are performed widely in the U.S. and abroad. Her catalog includes thirteen large-scale cantatas including one for The Philadelphia Orchestra. Tse Go La (At the threshold of this life) and other choral works are inspired by Tibetan music fieldwork that she conducted in the Nepalese Himalaya. She was appointed 2020-2023 Composer-in-Residence with National Concerts at Carnegie Hall and the Steven R. Gerber Composer in Residence with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia for their 2018-19 season. Her opera, MILA, Great Sorcerer, with librettists Jean-Claude van Itallie and Lois Walden was presented at the 2019 PROTOTYPE Festival in New York City. Dr. Clearfield was awarded a 2021 Pew International Residency Award, a 2016 Pew Fellowship in the Arts, two Independence Foundation Fellowship awards and fellowships at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, American Academy in Rome, Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony among others. She is also the founder, curator and host of the renowned Philadelphia Salon concert series featuring contemporary, classical, jazz, electronic, dance, and world music since 1986 and winner of Philadelphia Magazine’s 2008 “Best of Philadelphia” award. More at

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    SKU CM2989
    Price 30.00
    Delivery PDF download, Shipped (printed)
    Composer Clearfield, Andrea
    Instrument Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, French Horn, Oboe
    Instrumentation Woodwind Quintet
    Genre Contemporary
    Grade 5
    Duration 12
    Publisher Cimarron Music Press
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