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Echoes from an antique land : percussion quartet

by Jennifer Fowler (1983, this version: 2004)

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Performance by Nova Ensemble from the CD Mizu to kori

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Library shelf no. CD 310 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Echoes from an Antique Land is a development of a piece which began life as a flute solo. I was aiming to achieve a fluidity of rhythm and a feeling of expansion and contraction. Within each phrase the rhythm proceeds in groups of notes which expand and contract. In this concerted piece each instrument has a line which is fluid but has a strong rhythmic impetus and sense of direction; in which the gathering accumulations and dispersions give a feeling of eddies and currents.

Within the piece as a whole, the length of the phrases expand and contract. 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 the 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.

The title of the piece refers both to these older musical references and to the feeling of age of a landscape eroded into curves and outcrops.

Work Details

Year: 1983, this version: 2004

Instrumentation: Xylophone, vibraphone, 2 marimbas.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced


Performances of this work

Unknown date: featuring Virginia Commonwealth University Percussion Ensemble.

8 May 13: Queensland Conservatorium. Featuring Ba Da Boom Percussion Ensemble.

28 Jun 08: Colloque de Bassons, Gabriel Faure Music School, Angouleme, France. Featuring Ensemble Trielen, Kevin Willois.

11 May 05: Queensland Conservatorium, Brisbane

2 May 05: Festival of Women Composers, Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio, USA. Featuring Jack Jenny.

3 Jul 94: Composing Women's Festival, CUB Malthouse, Melbourne

24 Apr 93: Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Roger Dean, austraLYSIS.

7 Mar 88: Nottingham University, UK. Featuring Nottingham University Contemporary Ensemble.

3 Mar 88: Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, UK. Featuring Uroboros Ensemble, Gwyn Pritchard.

25 Aug 86: St Martins in the Field, London, UK. Featuring Australia Ensemble, Tony Gray.

15 Jan 85: BBC Studios, London. Featuring London Percussion Ensemble.

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

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