Ad marginem (flute with string orchestra)
by Michael Whiticker (1986)
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Ad Marginem for flute soloist and string orchestra was written in 1986. It is a sister piece to Ad Parnassum for flute soloist and small ensemble which was written in 1989/91. Both works take their titles from paintings by Paul Klee, and in the case of Ad Marginem this is not a surprise given the musical references I found in his marine landscape. Klee was an amateur musician of some note and it has been suggested that in Ad Parnassum he was making a reference to the 1723 treatise on music theory and counterpoint of Johann Joseph Fux, Gradus ad Parnassum. While this musical reference in itself is enough to interest me in Klee's painting, I am more fascinated by the constellation of colours and sense of contrast which he employs.
Instrumentation: Flute and 13 piece string orchestra.
Duration: 17 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Australian Chamber Orchestra.
First performance: 1986.
- Inspired by: Visual arts works
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