Once upon a time there were two brothers... : for solo flute and speaking voice
by Andrew Ford (2013)
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Library shelf no. Q 788.32/FOR 4 [Available for loan]
Once upon a time there were two brothers . . . is a retelling of the folk tale most often referred to as 'The Singing Bone'. This is what Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm called it in their collection, but other versions exist in Scandinavia, the British Isles and North America in which the brothers are sisters and the flute is a harp. In composing this piece, I have drawn freely on a number of sources to make my own version of the story.
Instrumentation: Solo flute and speaking voice (ideally, the same performer), amplification, drone.
Duration: 15 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Sally Walker
Commission note: Commissioned for Sally Walker.. Commissioned under the terms of the Albert H Maggs Award.
First performance: by Sally Walker at Andrew Ford: "Once upon a time there were two brothers..." (Collins St Baptist Church) on 21 Oct 2013
Although it is permissible to present this piece as duo, the playing and speaking roles divided, the composer intended it for performance by a flute player who also speaks the text. Either way, the speaking should always be intimate in tone, as though telling the story to a child, and unless the piece is being performed in a small room, flute and voice must both be amplified.
- Inspired by: Literature & Poetry
Performances of this work
21 Oct 2013: at Andrew Ford: "Once upon a time there were two brothers..." (Collins St Baptist Church). Featuring Sally Walker.
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