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Program note: Antonio Tenace's "Awakenings"

  • © Antonio Tenace
  • Source: Produced for and provided by Melbourne Composer's League

Antonio Tenace

for flute, clarinet, pianoforte, violin, violoncello and percussion (2006)


In 2007, Antonio Tenace commenced a PhD candidature in Music at the University of Melbourne, where he has been awarded a Master of Music in Composition having studied under the guidance of Brenton Broadstock. Composition prizes include the 2006 Zavod Jazz/Classical Fusion Award for
his saxophone quartet Kontrapunkt. In February, 2007 he presented a conference paper at the Asia Pacific Festival / 26th Asian Composers’ League Festival & Conference in Wellington, New Zealand. He is a member of the Melbourne Composers’ League and Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), and his music has been published by Gold Branch Music in the USA (www.antoniotenace.com).


The title of this piece refers to a spiritual awakening of oneself whereby a new insight and understanding is achieved from a poignant moment of clarity. This composition represents a musical manifestation of this new awareness, and the levels of consciousness one must endure to attain a
vision of inspiration. Once achieved, changes occur in patterns of thought, emotion and behaviour by which this sense of awakening propels the individual into deciding a course of action towards a singular goal. The essence of these cognitive states are embodied within the structure of this
piece in that the four main sections depict the changing levels of consciousness associated with this new awareness.


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