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TOM OWEN
6 Winds.
Womb is a wind sextet in two sections. The opening section is a continuum of two layers, a gently pulsating chord progression unfolds, sometimes giving way to a more effusive, insistent toccata. The bare fifth gradually emerges as an important characteristic colour. The remainder contains elements from Thomas Luis de Victoria's anthem 'O Magnum Mysterium', which concerns the immaculate conception. This second chapter has a more linear agenda, dwelling thoughtfully on this Renaissance source material and eventually going further towards reconciling it with the piece's opening outbursts.
Whilst this is not a religious piece, I do find that ancient music can seem miraculously 'fertile' in spawning new ideas. If Victoria is the Mother of 'Womb', the Mother is probably Varese.
Womb  is available from Contemporary British Woodwind Sheet Music (www.cbwsm.co.uk).
List of works
Bust
Hut Ritual
Exhibition Suite
Triple Concerto
Fastener (Bra 3) (Plunge)
Prowl Routine
Sweet Suffolk Owl
Package 1a
Womb
What a Clarinet Sounds Like
Embankment Beach
© 2015 Tom James, Tom Owen, Jenny Jackson & Chris Noble.
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Womb
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