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Notes from the Twittersphere : flute solo

by Brett Dean (, this version: 2015)



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Digital Audio Album

Songbirds / Ensemble Offspring.

Work Overview

'Notes from the Twittersphere' was composed as a gift for fellow Brisbane native, flautist Tim Munro on the occasion of his departure from eighth blackbird in 2015. Cast as a miniature - or a tiny collection of three miniatures - for solo piccolo, the piece was inspired by songs heard in the courtyard of my apartment in Berlin. Nothing too exotic: magpies, finches, starlings, etc. Being a surprisingly green city, Berlin has been described as an unlikely haven for birders and even twitchers out to spot rare birds. So, in writing three tiny pieces that started with birdsong, the title's link to the strange world of short missives that we live in with Twitter was there to be had.

Work Details

Year: , this version: 2015

Instrumentation: Flute.

Duration: 3 min.

Contents note: I. Poco agitato, intimo -- II. Misterioso -- III. Presto.

Dedication note: Written for Tim Munro

Written for: Ensemble Offspring

First performance: by Tim Munro at Tim Munro: Recounting (Miller Theatre, Columbia University) on 10 Nov 2016


Performances of this work

6 Aug 2020: at Songbirds at Old 505 (Old 505 Theatre). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

13 Jun 2018: at Laura Chislett (Shanghai Conservatory of Music). Featuring Laura Chislett.

10 Nov 2016: at Tim Munro: Recounting (Miller Theatre, Columbia University). Featuring Tim Munro.

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