Memory : for flute solo and ensemble
by Jack Symonds (2021)
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This flute concerto burrows into the
processes of remembering. How can music 'remember' - other
people, other notes? The first movement is a decayed memory of
the opening of Allan Pettersson's Thirteenth Symphony, a work of
extreme instability and energetic violence seen from afar, after
time has perhaps erased much of its anger - what is left?
The central movement creates a representation of 'Damnatio Memoriae' - a purging from society's collective memory, or a rewriting of history. A series of variations progressively have their musical 'identities' erased by a repeating gesture that attempts to extinguish the soloist - here cast as an antagonist to be purged from the landscape.
The final movement considers the Hapax - something that only occurs once in a work. Would we recognise and remember if it we heard it? Curlicues of bass flute melody infold themselves in a hall of mirrors where all events are reflected and repeated except one - the key to unlocking the piece.
Instrumentation: Solo flute (piccolo, flute, alto flute, bass flute), contrabass clarinet doubling clarinet in B flat, violin, cello, piano, percussion (xylophone, vibraphone, bass drum, tamtam, maracas, castanets, whip).
Duration: 15 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Advanced flute technique, microtones
Contents note: I. Crippled hommage à A.P. ... a distanza -- II. Damnatio Memoriae -- III. Hapax.
Commission note: Commissioned by Ensemble Offspring.
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc in relation to this work:
microtonal, flute solos
- In the form/style of: Concertos
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