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Fern (quartets: flute, clarinet, 2 percussion - with pre-recorded sound)

by Kate Moore (2012)

Audio Sample

Performance by Ensemble Offspring from the CD Women of Note

Women of Note


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Women of Note : A Century of Australian Composers.

Library shelf no. CD 3027 [Not for loan]



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Work Overview

A fern is an enchanting plant, ancient and universal. Its fronds overlap with intricate self-similar patterns, expanding and contracting. The ever-increasing crosshatch fibres are like feathers or wings depicted through phrases of outward and inward movements. They drift across one another, a choreography weaving three-dimensional impressions of buoyant leaves upon an undulating breeze. With a lineage reaching to the dawn of time, ferns inhabit the forest floor. Here it is dark, cool, rich and fertile, a place in which to hide one's treasures and one's secrets. Here is nature's cloak of invisibility.

The skeletal structure of the plant is articulated by instrumental and sampled sounds that resemble insects that take shelter beneath its organic layers.

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: Flute, clarinet, percussion (2 players), and electroacoustic soundtrack.

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Commission note: Commissioned by Ensemble Offspring with funds provided by Australia Council.


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Performances of this work

6 Sep 2019: at Gaudeamus Music Week: Ensemble Offspring (TivoliVredenburg (Utrecht)). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

7 Sep 2016: at Amsterdam Sinfonietta - Gaudeamus Music Week (TivoliVredenburg (Utrecht)). Featuring Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Slagwerk Den Haag.

25 Oct 2015: at Future Retro (Sydney Conservatorium of Music). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

22 Nov 2013: at Ensemble Offspring: Sagittarius (The New Hall, Sydney Grammar School). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

16 Nov 2013: at FINÉ (Campbelltown Arts Centre). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

12 Oct 2013: at RPM Electro & Ensemble Offspring (Theater Dakota (Netherlands)). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

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