Enter your username and password

Forgotten your username or password?

Your Shopping Cart

There are no items in your shopping cart.


Affirmations (trios: recorder, didjeridu, cello)

by Paul Cutlan (2014)

Score Sample

View a sample of the score of this work

Audio Sample

Performance by Duo Blockstix from the CD Duo Blockstix.

This sample is of the Duos: Recorder, percussion version of this work

Selected products featuring this work — Display all products (3 more)

Duo Blockstix.


Add to cart


Duo Blockstix. : works for percussion and recorder

Version: This product features the Duos: Recorder, percussion version of this work

Library shelf no. CD 2855 [Not for loan]



Add to cart


Affirmations / Paul Cutlan.

Library shelf no. 785.4413/CUT 1 [Available for loan]

Display all products featuring this work (3 more)  

Work Overview

The original version of Affirmations was scored for bass recorder, cello with electronic effects and didgeridoo. It was commissioned by the Aurora Festival, with my aim being to write a positive piece with strong rhythmic groove. The title Affirmations refers to the way the musical material develops: melodic and rhythmic gestures tend to reinforce the forward momentum, rather than set up conflict. At regular intervals, a chant-like melody is revealed by degrees, with the complete tune being played before the final climax. The bass recorder takes on several guises, including Irish fife, Indian flute and exotic bird! The marimba has its work cut out, maintaining a sense of the drone and rhythm which the didgeridoo originally supplied, as well as melodic passages and harmonies which were the domain of the cello.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Bass recorder, cello with effects, didjeridu.

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Rhythmic detail, passage work, multiphonics for recorder, ensemble coordination including reliance on didgeridoo providing an underlying pulse.

Commission note: Commissioned by Aurora Festival with funds provided by Blacktown Arts Centre, APRA.. Commissioned by Aurora Festival with funds provided by APRA, Blacktown Arts Centre.

First performance: by Alicia Crossley, Mark Atkins, Oliver Miller at Ecstatic Dances (The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre) on 1 May 2014

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Minimalism, Indian music, Ross Edwards, Irish folk music, Organum, Modality, Indigenous music, Improvisation, Drone.




Performances of this work

17 Jun 2017: at Duo Blockstix (Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room). Featuring Duo Blockstix.

15 Jun 2017: at Duo Blockstix (Wesley Music Centre). Featuring Duo Blockstix.

1 May 2014: at Ecstatic Dances (The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre). Featuring Alicia Crossley, Mark Atkins, Oliver Miller.

User reviews

Be the first to share your thoughts, opinions and insights about this work.

To post a comment please login.