Answer echoes (quartets: 4 flutes)
by Jennifer Fowler (1986)
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Answer Echoes is a development of a piece which began
life as a piece for solo flute: Blow Flute. As in the
solo piece, I was concerned to achieve a fluidity of rhythm by
progressing in even notes of small value which are grouped in
uneven "bundles" of 2, 3, 4, 5, units. These groups of notes
steadily expand or contract and effectively dispel any idea of an
underlying metre. I was aiming for a line which would sound
fluid, and yet have a strong rhythmic impetus; in which the
gathering accumulations and dispersions would give a feeling of
eddies and currents.
In Answer Echoes the added parts follow different ways of expanding and contracting within the phrase. A regular metre is also present, so that there can be a tension between the parts which emphasize metre, and those which flow over it.
In a similar way, the phrases begin on a particular note centre, and gradually expand out of it. Sometimes they return to the same note centre, but mostly they expand and "settle" on a different centre. These different centres are part of a larger design of expansion and contraction; and in the places where the feeling of "settling" needs to be particularly emphasised to show the end of the whole section, I have deliberately used some devices of archaic cadential formulae, to achieve extra anchorage.
Instrumentation: 3 flutes, alto flute.
Duration: 13 min.
First performance: by Tucana Flute Quartet — 7 Apr 95. Sydney Grammar School
Performances of this work
29 Nov 07: Chiesa de Sant' Andrea al Quirinale, Rome. Featuring Quartetto di Flauti Image.
7 Apr 95: Sydney Grammar School. Featuring Tucana Flute Quartet.
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