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Sheet Music: Score

Reverse : for solo flute / Stephen Adams.

by Stephen Adams (2009)


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The flute is the instrument I studied as a teenager. At the request of various flute-players, I've made numerous failed attempts over the years to write a convincing solo flute piece. This work was first written for flute and the late 1970s Korg MS-20 analogue synthesizer. When after its premiere in Brisbane, flutist Janet McKay prepared to head off on a concert tour of America, I re-wrote the piece for her to perform without me and my synthesizer, thus finally tricking myself into completing a solo flute piece.

The stark gestural language owes something to my memories of the first Australian performances of Japanese Noh Drama back in 1984 at the University of Sydney in which I participated as one of the two drummers. This approach was in part prompted by the abrupt nature of the beginnings and endings of the synthesizer tones as triggered by the flute-player in the flute and synth version. Thus a ghost of the synth remains imprinted on the flute's abrupt gestures, as well as the 'ghost-tones' of the flute-player's voice.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (7p. -- A4 (landscape))

Difficulty: Advanced — extreme registers, extensive simultaneous vocalising, multiphonics

Duration: 7 mins

Dedicated to Janet McKay

Commission info: Written for flautist Janet McKay to enable her to take Reverse (previously for flute and synthesizer) on her solo tour of the United States

First performance by Janet McKay — 22 Mar 09. The Wulf, Los Angeles, USA

Includes program note and performance notes.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720112-85-5

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