Des oiseaux et de la danse : flute solo
by Peter Rankine (1991)
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Library shelf no. 788.32/RAN 1 [Not for loan]
This music falls into two sections. In 'des Oiseaux', fantastic
birdcalls provide the thematic material and something of the
dramatic character of the music, while 'la Danse' is a short,
ecstatic dance of high energy and constantly changing metres.
The modern flute seems to have been born in France around the turn of the twentieth century. The confluence of winning instrument design, wonderful players and pedagogues, and inspired composers put the flute on the musical map as never before. In the next generation, Olivier Messiaen composed Le Merle Noir for a competition. All of this background played on my mind, as did Henri Matisse's series of paintings La Danse, Nasturtiams et 'la Danse', etc - the inspiration for the diptych format of this work.
Duration: 3 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional/advanced student
Commission note: Commissioned by the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and the Brisbane Biennial as a short test piece for flute finalists in the Conservatorium-Yamaha Woodwind Competition, held in Brisbane in May, 1991
First performance: May 93. Queensland Conservatorium-Yamaha Woodwind Competition, Brisbane by 50 flute finalists
- Inspired by: Visual arts works
Performances of this work
May 93: Queensland Conservatorium-Yamaha Woodwind Competition, Brisbane by 50 flute finalists
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