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Sonorous sonatas


Sonorous sonatas / Peter Sheridan, low flutes.

  • Published by Move Records — July, 2014 [MD3375] — 1 CD (79 min.)
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Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDuration
Owls sfutel (2012) — bass flute with piano
Recorded/performed at: Move Records studio, Melbourne
Taran Carter Peter Sheridan, Katherine Day 19 mins, 5 sec.
Clumsy dances (2011) for flute music — Dance No. 6
Recorded/performed at: Move Records studio, Melbourne
Houston Dunleavy Andrew Macleod, Peter Sheridan 2 mins, 6 sec.
Song without words (2013) for bass flute or contrabass flute and piano
Recorded/performed at: Move Records studio, Melbourne
Jane Hammond Peter Sheridan, Jane Hammond 3 mins, 21 sec.
Forest over the sea (2013) — trios: 2 flutes, piano
Recorded/performed at: Move Records studio, Melbourne
Carolyn Morris Lisa-Maree Amos, Peter Sheridan, Carolyn Morris 14 mins, 49 sec.

Also includes: Music for a lost planet / Gary Schocker -- Elegia / Jelle Hogenhuis -- Sonata Op.99 / Andrew Downes.

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Peter Sheridan's vision for this project was to bring the larger, lower sounding flutes to the centre stage, and in so doing, challenging their sound production and ability to create colourful sonic shapes in one of the most traditional Western musical forms: the Sonata.

For many flutists, holding an alto or bass flute up for more than a few minutes can be rather difficult and challenging. There are new designs to assist in this physical impediment and one only hopes that new players, both young and old, will begin their journey of exploration with the low flutes; not allowing any physical restraints to impede their enjoyment of a whole new world of flute sounds.

These giant flutes are capable of sustaining our musical interest and attention for more than the standard three to five minute compositions. Peter says: "sound waves become quite interesting and complex the closer they approach the limits of human hearing (20,000 Hz - 16 Hz). It is these extreme frequencies I wish to introduce or re-invite into your musical ear and library."

These compositions create a sonorous world worthy of full attentive listening, and will intrigue and excite your aural senses. To create sounds that have shape, duration, intensity and colour is nothing short of miraculous. And to notate these sounds and reproduce them long after their first creation is certainly special to the study and performance of art music.

Sound floats for long periods of time in the brain and inner ear; far after the vibrations cease to exist in the actual air ... the 'Sonorous Effect'.

As ripples on a pond carry energy across the smooth surface of the water, so does musical sound. Vibrations resonate around our minds, our planet and even throughout the galaxy!

Duration: 79 min.

Liner notes include program notes and biographical notes on composers and performers.

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