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Captain Flinders' musick : concerto for flute and small orchestra

by Gordon Kerry (2011)

Captain Flinders' musick

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Captain Flinders' musick : concerto for flute and small orchestra / Gordon Kerry.

Library shelf no. Q 784.2832186/KER 1 [Available for loan]

Captain Flinders' musick

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Work Overview

The work takes its inspiration from the life of Matthew Flinders who circumnavigated and mapped Tasmania and mainland Australia (which he named) in the late 18th and early 19th centuryand who died in 1814. His journals describe the different coastal landscapes of Australia in great detail; he encountered Aboriginal, French and Malay people at various points on the coast, experienced privation and shipwreck and, en route to England, was incarcerated in French Mauritius for 6 years. Apart from his cat, his best companion was his flute, and this work seeks to evoke some of the awe at the alien landscapes he discovered, but is threaded by some of the music he knew and probably played, by Pleyel, Hoffmeister, Devienne, and a little tune he attributed to Haydn.

Work Details

Year: 2011

Instrumentation: Flute, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 2 horns in F, 2 trumpets in C, timpani, percussion (1 player), solo flute, strings (8.6.4.4.2).

Duration: 15 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Alison Mitchell

Commission note: Commissioned by Ian Potter Cultural Trust.. Commissioned through the Ian Potter Cultural Trust's Established Composer Fellowship

First performance: by Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Alison Mitchell, Olari Elts at Scottish Chamber Orchestra premieres Kerry (City Halls (Glasgow)) on 28 Oct 2011

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Performances of this work

29 Oct 2011: at Scottish Chamber Orchestra premieres Kerry (Queen's Hall (Edinburgh)). Featuring Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Alison Mitchell, Olari Elts.

28 Oct 11: City Halls, Glasgow, Scotland. Featuring Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Alison Mitchell, Olari Elts.

28 Oct 2011: at Scottish Chamber Orchestra premieres Kerry (City Halls (Glasgow)). Featuring Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Alison Mitchell, Olari Elts.

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