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In the utter darkness : for solo flute

by Michael Hannan (1983)

In the utter darkness


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In the utter darkness : for solo flute / Michael Hannan.

Library shelf no. 788.32/HAN 6 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

In the Utter Darkness was written for a special concert by The Seymour Group given during an Asian arts festival at The Art Gallery of N.S.W. in 1983. The work is dedicated to Christine Draeger who advised me on technical matters in the composition of the work and who gave its first performance. The emphasis of this Seymour Group Concert program was on Australian new music works influenced by Asian traditional musics

In the Utter Darkness reflects my alignment to the tradition of Australian composers using the Japanese haiku poetic form as a central inspiration for pieces. It also reflects my lasting obsession with the honkyoku repertoire of Japanese shakuhachi music when considering aspects of phrasal design and ornamental detail.

Work Details

Year: 1983

Instrumentation: Flute.

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Grade 7.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Christine Draeger

First performance: by Christine Draeger — 1983. Seymour Group concert at the Art Gallery of NSW Asian Arts Festival

Title taken from a line in a poem by the poet Basho


Performances of this work

1983: Seymour Group concert at the Art Gallery of NSW Asian Arts Festival. Featuring Christine Draeger.

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