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Memory : for flute solo and ensemble

by Jack Symonds (2021)

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Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 2021

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.

First performance: by Ensemble Offspring at Ensemble Offspring: Shivers on Speed (Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room) on 28 Oct 2021

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc in relation to this work:
microtonal, flute solos


Performances of this work

Unknown date: Sydney Opera House Utzon Room. Featuring Lamorna Nightingale, Ensemble Offspring, Jack Symonds.

28 Oct 2021: at Ensemble Offspring: Shivers on Speed (Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

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