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Des oiseaux et de la danse

Sheet Music: Score

Des oiseaux et de la danse : flute solo / Peter Rankine.

by Peter Rankine (1991)

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  • Instrumentation: Flute.


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This music falls into two sections. In 'des Oiseaux', fantastic birdcalls provide the thematic material and something of the dramatic character of the music, while 'la Danse' is a short, ecstatic dance of high energy and constantly changing metres.
The modern flute seems to have been born in France around the turn of the twentieth century. The confluence of winning instrument design, wonderful players and pedagogues, and inspired composers put the flute on the musical map as never before. In the next generation, Olivier Messiaen composed Le Merle Noir for a competition. All of this background played on my mind, as did Henri Matisse's series of paintings La Danse, Nasturtiams et 'la Danse', etc - the inspiration for the diptych format of this work.

Published by: Wirripang [979 0 720172 54 5] — 1 score (5p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional/advanced student

Duration: 3 mins

Commission info: Commissioned by the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and the Brisbane Biennial as a short test piece for flute finalists in the Conservatorium-Yamaha Woodwind Competition, held in Brisbane in May, 1991

First performance May 93. Queensland Conservatorium-Yamaha Woodwind Competition, Brisbane by 50 flute finalists

2nd ed.

Includes program note and biographical notes on the composer.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979 0 720172 54 5

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