The River : for alto flute and piano
by Mark Isaacs (2013)
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Ulpirra Sonatines : Australian and French flute music / Melissa Doecke, flute, and Mark Isaacs, piano.
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The River is one of eighteen pieces in Mark Isaacs's
Children's Songs solo piano cycle which the composer
premiered at the 2012 Adelaide Festival and recorded for CD.
At the end of 2013, Isaacs arranged the piece for alto flute and piano for a CD recording flautist Melissa Doecke did with the composer, and it is dedicated to her.
In evoking the water's chaotic flow, The River employs all kinds of compositional devices, including a sudden move from F-sharp minor to B-flat minor and a series of asymmetrical, shifting rhythmic divisions that continually expand and contract the number of subunits within each beat.
For Mark, the piece evokes "a kind of longing that the mythology of the river symbolizes."
Mark Isaacs © 2015
Instrumentation: Alto flute, piano.
Duration: 3 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Florid, additive rhythms
Dedication note: Dedicated to Melissa Doecke
Performances of this work
13 Mar 2016: at The Enchanted Flute - Melissa Doecke & Mark Isaacs (Customs House (Brisbane)). Featuring Melissa Doecke, Mark Isaacs.
9 Mar 2016: at Ulpirra Sonatines - Australian & French flute music (Salon - Melbourne Recital Centre). Featuring Melissa Doecke, Mark Isaacs.
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