Ether etude : opus 77
by Andrew Schultz (2009)
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It's called Etude (or study) because the piece is a study on triplet motion and also a study on a phrase of music by Beethoven; Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111 - the second movement, "Arietta", bars 89-102.
The Ether of the title suggests two things - the high floating gassy ether of the sky and the knockout gas; hence the high passage-work and the slightly wonky, unsteady character of the piece.
Instrumentation: Flute/piccolo, clarinet, 2 violins, viola, cello.
Duration: 3 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Tertiary student level
Commission note: Commissioned by MLC School (Sydney).
First performance: by Ensemble Offspring — May 09. MLC School, Sydney
Written for MLC Sydney's Australian Music Day 2009 as a resource piece for HSC composition students to use as a model - accompanied by blogs, recording and analysis via on-line website.
Also a version as the animated film, "Joyride' made by Alyssa Rothwell.
MLC Australian Music Day: Composition Diary
blog, draft scores and analysis by Andrew Schultz relating to the creation of his work "Ether etude"
This website allows you to explore blog entries by the composer relating his experience of composing the work "Ether etude", seven drafts and the final version of the score, musicological analysis, a recording and video tutorials on composing for various instruments.
Resonate article: Featured video: Joyride (Rothwell/Schultz) by Australian Music Centre
Joyride, featuring Ether Etude by Andrew Schultz
Joyride is a hand-drawn vector animation made in response to the orchestral composition ‘Ether Etude’ by Australian composer Andrew Schultz. With a visual elegance as simple as it is enchanting, Rothwell transforms the white void of the screen into a space where lines dance in rhythmic abstract formations. Concise and poetic, Joyride draws music and vision into animated movement.
Performances of this work
May 09: MLC School, Sydney. Featuring Ensemble Offspring.
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