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Jade flute : Sonata no. 3 : flute solo

by Larry Sitsky (1994)

Also known as: Sonata No. 3

Audio Sample

Performance by Ivan Bellocq from the CD Aujourd'hui l'Australie.

Aujourd'hui l'Australie.


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Library shelf no. CD 801 [Available for loan]

Sonata No. 3


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Sonata No. 3 : 'The Jade Flute', for solo flute / music by Larry Sitsky.

Library shelf no. 788.32183/SIT 7 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

Whence comes the sound of the jade flute,
Flying through the dark,
Coming with the spring wind, Hovering over Loyang?

The Chinese held jade in the greatest veneration. The word for jade, 'yu', also signified a beauty of spirit and the stone became the symbol of the five cardinal virtues. Jade's ability to produce a pure musical tone was known in China from very ancient times and indeed, gongs were made out of the material. Jade was widely used as a miracle medicine as well as the most prized stone for elaborate works of art.

Work Details

Year: 1994

Instrumentation: Flute.

Duration: 10 min.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Virginia Taylor

Commission note: Commissioned for the 1995, 7th Australian Flute Competition as a test piece, September 1994


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