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Mutation I : flute and guitar duo

by Derek Strahan (1963)

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Performance by Derek Strahan from the CD Fading light

Fading light


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Library shelf no. CD 1409 [Available for loan]

Mutation I


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Mutation I : for flute and guitar / by Derek Strahan.

Library shelf no. 785.4412/STR 3 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

"MUTATION I" is the first of two works written to illustrate, in musical terms, a process of survival, not by struggle, but by virtue of the character of an"Entity": this being the Darwinian concept of a mutated form of a species enduring the onset of conditions inimical to the survival of the species as a whole. Thus the "Entity" motif is stated twice in the opening bars in the form of a simple jazz riff. Immediately hostile environmental forces begin to act on it, represented by various other musical motifs. The "entity" resists these simply by remaining itself, unchanged, throughout. The Coda suggests a peaceful outcome of this process, implying that the environment has become conducive to the continued existence of the "Entity".

Work Details

Year: 1963

Instrumentation: Flute, guitar.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
applied jazz, Darwinism

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