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Sheet Music: Score

Overpainting : for flute / Stephen Adams.

by Stephen Adams (2013)


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The starting point for this music was the late abstract paintings of Ian Fairweather and the exploration of the flute as a filter for the human voice. Fairweather's wonderful mix of the figurative and the abstract, the earthy materiality of paint and canvass and the almost-disappearing-ness of the image/referentialpresence became the starting point for my dialogue with Janet McKay about a new flute piece.

The music I ended up writing isn't based in any direct way on the Fairweather paintings. What it has retained is a focus on the layered, elusive yet tactile, and rather dry and papery soundworld that exists in the territory where flute-tone, voice, breath and the mechanisms of the instrument meet. And also, I hope, some of Fairweather's contemplative serenity and sense of gradual construction of a self-sufficient and immersive world.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (10p. -- A4 (landscape))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 12 min.

Commission info: Composed for, and in dialogue with, flutist Janet McKay.

First performance by Janet McKay at Significant Other (The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts) on 6 Feb 2014

Includes program note, and performance directions and technical notes.

This piece builds on some aspects of an earlier work, Reverse for solo flute, also created in dialogue with flutist Janet McKay.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 6 Feb 14.

ISMN: 979-0-720149-11-0

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