Echoes from an antique land : flexible instrumentation
by Jennifer Fowler (1983, this version: 1986)
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Echoes from an Antique Land is a development of a piece
which began life as a flute solo. I was aiming to achieve a
fluidity of rhythm and a feeling of expansion and contraction.
Within each phrase the rhythm proceeds in groups of notes which
expand and contract. In this concerted piece each instrument has
a line which is fluid but has a strong rhythmic impetus and sense
of direction; in which the gathering accumulations and
dispersions give a feeling of eddies and currents.
Within the piece as a whole, the length of the phrases expand and contract. In a similar way, the phrases begin on a particular note centre, and gradually expand out of it. Sometimes they return to the same note centre, but mostly they expand and"settle" on a different centre. These different centres are part of the larger design of expansion and contraction; and in the places where the feeling of "settling" needs to be particularly emphasised to show the end of the whole section, I have deliberately used some devices of archaic cadential formulae, to achieve extra anchorage.
The title of the piece refers both to these older musical references and to the feeling of age of a landscape eroded into curves and outcrops.
Year: 1983, this version: 1986
Instrumentation: Different versions:A: flute/vibraphone or mandolin or violin/clarinet or marimba or harp/viola or clarinet or marimba/bassoon or cello or guitar.B: 2 instrument per line, selected from 1: flute, violin, xylophone ; 2: vibraphone, mandolin, violin ; 3: clarinet, marimba, harp ; 4: viola, clarinet, marimba ; 5: bassoon, cello, guitar.C: 2 violins, clarinet, viola and cello.
Duration: 11 min.
- Inspired by: Landscape and Nature
Performances of this work
Unknown date: featuring Virginia Commonwealth University Percussion Ensemble.
8 May 13: Queensland Conservatorium. Featuring Ba Da Boom Percussion Ensemble.
11 May 05: Queensland Conservatorium, Brisbane
2 May 05: Festival of Women Composers, Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio, USA. Featuring Jack Jenny.
3 Jul 94: Composing Women's Festival, CUB Malthouse, Melbourne
7 Mar 88: Nottingham University, UK. Featuring Nottingham University Contemporary Ensemble.
15 Jan 85: BBC Studios, London. Featuring London Percussion Ensemble.
15 Jan 84: Reinbeck, Germany. Featuring Australia Felix (Ensemble).
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