Composer
TOWER
Title
Petroushskates
Instrumentation
flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano
Publisher
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Grade
4
Product Code
31A030007858
Joan Tower composed in 1980 parts and full score one movement; duration 5:00 flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano

Petroushskates is one of Joan Tower's "seamless" works..that is, the sections link without strong demarcations...and one of her most popular. It draws inspiration from the smooth flow of figure skating and pays homage to Stravinsky, one of the foremost influences on Tower's musical thought. In this work, which was written for the tenth anniversary of the Da Capo Chamber Players, the winds and strings frequently combine in pairs, their voices gliding synchronously like pairs of skaters. Recorded by the Da Capo Chamber Players on CRI CD 582.