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Richard's prelude

Sheet Music: Score & Part(s)

Richard's prelude / Nigel Butterley.

by Nigel Butterley (2012)

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  • Instrumentation: Flute, piano.
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    Performance by Christine Draeger, Jocelyn Fazzone from the CD Spirit of the plains


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I have always enjoyed accompanying, and from the 1950s the opportunities I had were mainly with singers and flute players. Having written a short quiet piece, Evanston Song, in 1978, I wanted to respond to Christine Draeger's recent invitation with something more animated, which she could introduce to students as well as adding it to her own repertoire.

I have very clear memories of Peter Richardson and Richard Meale playing music by the Italian avant-‐garde, and of their premiere of Richard's own Sonata for flute and piano, in 1960. That event made clear that Australia now had its own 'avant-‐garde.'

'Richard's Prelude' is a reflection on his own music, following his death in September 2009. It is more a duo than a piece with piano accompaniment.

Nigel Butterley
April 2013

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score 8p. -- A4 (portrait)) and 1 part (2p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 3 mins, 40 sec.

Commissioned by Christine Draeger.

First performance by Christine Draeger, John Martin at Rhapsody in Silver (The Flute Tree) on 23 Jun 2013

Includes programme note.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720135-55-7

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Spirit of the plains
CD: Spirit of the plains : Australian flute music 1997-2013 / Christine Draeger, Lamorna Nightingale, Jocelyn Edey Fazzone.


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