Overpainting : for flute
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.
Instrumentation: Solo flute with vocalising.
Duration: 12 min.
Written for: Janet McKay
Commission note: Composed for, and in dialogue with, flutist Janet McKay.
This piece builds on some aspects of an earlier work, Reverse for solo flute, also created in dialogue with flutist Janet McKay.
- Inspired by: Visual arts works
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