Richard's prelude : flute with piano
by Nigel Butterley (2012)
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Spirit of the plains : Australian flute music 1997-2013 / Christine Draeger, Lamorna Nightingale, Jocelyn Edey Fazzone.
Library shelf no. CD 2486 [On loan, due 9/11/16]
I have always enjoyed accompanying,
and from the 1950s the opportunities I had were mainly with singers
and flute players. Having written a short quiet piece, Evanston
Song, in 1978, I wanted to respond to Christine Draeger's
recent invitation with something more animated, which she could
introduce to students as well as adding it to her own
I have very clear memories of Peter Richardson and Richard Meale playing music by the Italian avant-‐garde, and of their premiere of Richard's own Sonata for flute and piano, in 1960. That event made clear that Australia now had its own 'avant-‐garde.'
'Richard's Prelude' is a reflection on his own music, following his death in September 2009. It is more a duo than a piece with piano accompaniment.
Instrumentation: Flute, piano.
Duration: 4 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Christine Draeger.
- Has as subject/About: Preludes
Performances of this work
29 Sep 2013: at Spirit of the Plains CD launch (The Flute Tree).
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