Blow flute : answer echoes in antique lands dying : for solo flute
by Jennifer Fowler (1983)
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Unearthly music : music by Australian women composers / Kathryn Moorhead (flute), Claire Cooper (piano).
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It is permissible to shorten the title of this piece to Blow Flute for practical purposes, but the rest of the title does have a function too. It can call up the poetic echoes of Tennyson's:
"Blow, bugle, blow, set the wild echoes flying,
Blow bugle; answer, echoes, dying, dying, dying."
It can call up musical echoes, too, at the cadence points: echoes of formal cadences from antique times. Otherwise, the line is fluid; gathering around a nodal point, and dividing off to other nodal points. The rhythm progresses in groups of even notes: groups of 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, accumulating and retreating. There are knots of accumulations and tensions, sometimes dispersed, sometimes gathered together to form a cadence. The piece is about the sound of a flute; a sound calling up eddies and currents, and echoes.
Duration: 10 min.
First performance: by Australia Felix (Ensemble) — 15 Jan 84. Reinbeck, Germany
A detailed analysis of this piece is available from the composer. It would be suitable for use with tertiary or senior secondary students.
Performances of this work
16 Dec 09: Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide. Featuring Lewis Mitchell.
19 Mar 09: Presented by Donne in Musica Foundation, Rome, Italy. Featuring Vilma Campitelli.
17 Nov 01: Regent's Hall, London, UK. Featuring Charlotte Munro.
24 Oct 00: London Festival of Wind Music, UK. Featuring Charlotte Munro.
20 Mar 96: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA. Featuring Teresa Derr.
14 Mar 96: Gantry Arts, Centre, Southampton, UK. Featuring Caroline Collingridge.
28 Oct 95: Pattison Recital Hall, Scripps College, Claremont, California, USA. Featuring Linda Wetherell.
3 Jun 95: Jacques Marchais Museum, New York, USA. Featuring Linda Wetherill.
11 Apr 95: British Music Information Centre, London, UK. Featuring Rowland Sutherland.
24 Nov 94: St Mary's Church, Putney High St, London SW15 UK. Featuring Simon Desorgher.
12 Aug 93: University of Fairbanks, Alaska, USA. Featuring Caroline Collingridge.
2 Oct 92: Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, UK. Featuring Keith Wallace.
31 Oct 91: Art Gallery of NSW, NSW. Featuring Laura Chislett.
6 Jul 91: Kings College, London, UK. Featuring Simon Desorgher.
2 Mar 90: Queensland Conservatorium. Featuring Laura Chislett.
12 Mar 89: Lauderdale House, London, UK. Featuring Ann Cherry.
2 Feb 87: Purcell Room, London, UK. Featuring Wissam Boustany.
25 Jul 85: London, UK. Featuring Nancy Ruffer.
15 Jan 84: Reinbeck, Germany. Featuring Australia Felix (Ensemble).
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