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The River : for alto flute and piano

by Mark Isaacs (2013)

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Performance by Melissa Doecke, Mark Isaacs from the CD Ulpirra Sonatines

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The River : for alto flute and piano / Mark Isaacs.

Library shelf no. 788.32/ISA 2 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

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

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: Alto flute, piano.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Florid, additive rhythms

Dedication note: Dedicated to Melissa Doecke

First performance: by Melissa Doecke, Mark Isaacs at Melissa Doecke & Mark Isaacs - recital (The Flute Tree) on 8 Feb 2014

Performances of this work

13 Mar 2016: at The Enchanted Flute - Melissa Doecke & Mark Isaacs (Customs House (Brisbane)). Featuring Melissa Doecke, Mark Isaacs.

10 Mar 2016: at The Enchanted Flute (Ian Hanger Recital Hall). Featuring Mark Isaacs, Melissa Doecke.

9 Mar 2016: at Ulpirra Sonatines - Australian & French flute music (Salon - Melbourne Recital Centre). Featuring Melissa Doecke, Mark Isaacs.

5 Mar 2016: at The Enchanted Flute (Theme and Variations (Willoughby)). Featuring Melissa Doecke, Mark Isaacs.

11 Sep 15: Elder Hall, Adelaide. Featuring Mark Isaacs, Melissa Doecke.

8 Feb 2014: at Melissa Doecke & Mark Isaacs - recital (The Flute Tree). Featuring Melissa Doecke, Mark Isaacs.

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