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Overpainting : for flute

by Stephen Adams (2013)



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Overpainting : for flute / Stephen Adams.

Library shelf no. 788.32/ADA 2 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The starting point for this music was the late abstract paintings of Ian Fairweather and the exploration of the flute as a filter for the human voice. Fairweather's wonderful mix of the figurative and the abstract, the earthy materiality of paint and canvass and the almost-disappearing-ness of the image/referentialpresence became the starting point for my dialogue with Janet McKay about a new flute piece.

The music I ended up writing isn't based in any direct way on the Fairweather paintings. What it has retained is a focus on the layered, elusive yet tactile, and rather dry and papery soundworld that exists in the territory where flute-tone, voice, breath and the mechanisms of the instrument meet. And also, I hope, some of Fairweather's contemplative serenity and sense of gradual construction of a self-sufficient and immersive world.

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: Solo flute with vocalising.

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Written for: Janet McKay

Commission note: Composed for, and in dialogue with, flutist Janet McKay.

First performance: by Janet McKay at Significant Other (The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts) on 6 Feb 2014

This piece builds on some aspects of an earlier work, Reverse for solo flute, also created in dialogue with flutist Janet McKay.


Performances of this work

6 Feb 2014: at Significant Other (The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts). Featuring Janet McKay.

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