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In Flow : for wind quintet

by Alex Turley (2022)

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Work Overview

The title of this work has two meanings. It refers to the flow of music between the five instruments of the quintet, where ideas are gently passed around, played with and teased apart. It also refers to the state of mind most helpful to a creator of music, a state of complete absorbtion and concentration. When you find this state, if you're lucky, the music pours out of you, and you're just a passenger.

The question a composer is most often asked is 'what is your inspiration?' In this instance, my inspiration is in the music itself: I found a little fragment of an idea which begins in the flute and clarinet, and the entire piece flowed out from there. Each bar of music is inspired by its predecessor.

Work Details

Year: 2022

Instrumentation: Flute, clarinet, oboe, horn, bassoon.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Commission note: Commissioned by Arcadia Winds.

Prizes/Awards: Arcadia Winds 2021 Composition Prize

Performances of this work

6 Jul 22: Melbourne Recital Centre. Featuring Arcadia Winds.

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