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Blow flute : answer echoes in antique lands dying : for solo flute

by Jennifer Fowler (1983)

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Performance by Kathryn Moorhead from the CD Unearthly music

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Blow flute : answer echoes in antique lands dying / Jennifer Fowler.

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Work Overview

It is permissible to shorten the title of this piece to Blow Flute for practical purposes, but the rest of the title does have a function too. It can call up the poetic echoes of Tennyson's:

"Blow, bugle, blow, set the wild echoes flying,
Blow bugle; answer, echoes, dying, dying, dying."

It can call up musical echoes, too, at the cadence points: echoes of formal cadences from antique times. Otherwise, the line is fluid; gathering around a nodal point, and dividing off to other nodal points. The rhythm progresses in groups of even notes: groups of 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, accumulating and retreating. There are knots of accumulations and tensions, sometimes dispersed, sometimes gathered together to form a cadence. The piece is about the sound of a flute; a sound calling up eddies and currents, and echoes.

Work Details

Year: 1983

Instrumentation: Flute.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Australia Felix (Ensemble) — 15 Jan 84. Reinbeck, Germany

A detailed analysis of this piece is available from the composer. It would be suitable for use with tertiary or senior secondary students.

Performances of this work

17 Oct 2011: at Flute recital (Church of the Good Shepherd (Plympton SA)). Featuring Lewis Mitchell.

16 Dec 2009: at Lunch Hour Concert (Pilgrim Church). Featuring Lewis Mitchell.

16 Dec 09: Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide. Featuring Lewis Mitchell.

19 Mar 09: Presented by Donne in Musica Foundation, Rome, Italy. Featuring Vilma Campitelli.

24 Oct 00: London Festival of Wind Music, UK. Featuring Charlotte Munroe.

20 Mar 96: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA. Featuring Teresa Derr.

3 Jun 95: Jacques Marchais Museum, New York, USA. Featuring Linda Wetherill.

11 Apr 95: British Music Information Centre, London, UK. Featuring Rowland Sutherland.

12 Aug 93: University of Fairbanks, Alaska, USA. Featuring Caroline Collingridge.

2 Oct 92: Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, UK. Featuring Keith Wallace.

6 Jul 91: Kings College, London, UK. Featuring Simon Desorgher.

2 Mar 90: Queensland Conservatorium. Featuring Laura Chislett.

12 Mar 89: Lauderdale House, London, UK. Featuring Ann Cherry.

2 Feb 87: Purcell Room, London, UK. Featuring Wissam Boustany.

25 Jul 85: London, UK. Featuring Nancy Ruffer.

15 Jan 84: Reinbeck, Germany. Featuring Australia Felix (Ensemble).

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