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Lamington Plateau : flute solo

by Hollis Taylor (2008)

Absolute bird


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Absolute bird / Hollis Taylor.

Library shelf no. CD 2860 [Not for loan]

Lamington Plateau


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Lamington Plateau / Hollis Taylor

Library shelf no. 788.32/TAY 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The one-movement work is closely based on a field transcription of pied butcherbird song, with inter-phrase intervals reduced and some motives deleted. The pied butcherbird from Lamington Plateau is joined near the end of the transcription by a crimson rosella, which delivers its bell-like motives an octave higher than normal pied butcherbird range. I give both parts to the flute, having him interrupt himself as it were.

The work involves some improvisation and is dedicated to Australian improvising flutist Jim Denley.

Work Details

Year: 2008

Instrumentation: Flute.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Professional or advanced student

Commission note: Commissioned for Jim Denley.

Recipient of APRA/UWS composition award 2008.


Resonate article: Hollis Taylor's Absolute Bird by Jim Denley


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