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Tones of Blue concentrates intense emotion into a short space and catches the sorrows of the blues in a polite English way i.e. with a certain restraint and a careful release of emotion.
It is one long, continuous, seamless and passionate rising curve with a climax full of romantic longing that melts away in the strings at the end.
Scored for chamber orchestra without heavy brass it is in effect a short orchestral overture.
Like a blues Tones of Blue is a set of variations on a chord sequence. At the same time and independently it is also a set of variations on their underlying rhythm.
"David Charles Martin..in his brief Tones of Blue clearly revelled in...orchestral excursions."
Martin Dreyer, York Evening Press. May 2005
2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 trumpets, 2 horns, timpani & strings
Each variation on the chords has its own orchestration:
Theme: flutes and clarinets play a straight statement of the chords and rhythm.
Variation 1: strings and bassoons joined near the end by a solo oboe.
Variation 2: solo horns dominate a variation that grows louder.
Variation 3: trumpets continue the climaxing in a very quick statement.
Variation 4: the real climax – a romantically orchestrated variation for full orchestra ending with a solo woodwind cadence.
Variation 5: strings end the piece very quietly.
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A page at a glance: Score in C.
The opening chord sequence.
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