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On the Brink (quartets: 4 flutes)

by Natasha Pearson (2014)

On the Brink


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On the Brink / Natasha Pearson.

Library shelf no. 785.83214/PEA 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

On the Brink was first imagined as a piece for the unusual combination of three clarinets and saxophone but was later transformed into a piece for flute quartet.

Heavily influenced by comtemporary film scores, On the Brink depicts the chaos in one's mind when faced with difficult choices. Beginning slowly, the piece gains momentum through different rhythms exchanged between the instruments like thoughts bouncing from topic to topic. At times it could be imagined that each instrument represents a different thought, all competing for space in a crowded mind.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: 2 flutes in C, alto flute, bass flute.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Slap Tongue & Metre Changes

Commission note: Commissioned by Effervescent Flute Quartet.

First performance: by Effervescent Flute Quartet — 2015. Sound Series Concert, Monash University, Melbourne

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Howard Shore, Hans Zimmer

Performances of this work

2015: Sound Series Concert, Monash University, Melbourne. Featuring Effervescent Flute Quartet.

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