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Fanfare for uncommon flutes : for flute ensemble

by Houston Dunleavy (2013)

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Performance by Monash University Flute Ensemble, Peter Sheridan from the CD Fantasie Australis

Fanfare for uncommon flutes


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Fanfare for uncommon flutes / by Houston Dunleavy.

Library shelf no. 785.83219/DUN 2 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

This little piece, written for flutes of all sizes and sorts, was commissioned by Melbourne-based flutist, Peter Sheridan and his Monash University Flute Ensemble, for the 2013 National Australian Flute Convention in Canberra, ACT. Peter wanted a fanfare for 2 -3 minutes duration for the convention, based on the instruments the ensemble has available. The unusual instruments that the ensemble has to draw on led to the idea of writing a piece for rare, or uncommon flutes - hence, the title. Thus, there are small tips of the hat to Copland's famous fanfare, particularly in the voicings of chords, but the rhythmic drive of the work, and my idiosyncratic methods of creating polyphony through the use of displacement, try to give the piece an identity of its own.

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: 2 piccolos, 3 flutes, 2 alto flutes, bass flute, contrabass flute, sub-contrabass flute (or 2nd contrabass flute) and hyperbass flute.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Peter Sheridan and the Monash University flute ensemble

Commission note: Commissioned by Peter Sheridan for performance by Monash University Flute Ensemble.

Performances of this work

6 Sep 2013: at Monash University Flute Ensemble CD Launch (Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music - Building 68, Music Auditorium). Featuring Monash University Flute Ensemble.

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