duos

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windsong, for flute and guitar (2017)

c. 7 mins

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Program note

Windsong was commissioned by Joan and Barry Miskin, and is written in memory of Pam Miskin – environmentalist, teacher and equestrienne. Inspired by the rustling and rippling of the natural world, Windsong is a deeply lyrical work, traversing a journey towards from bustling activity to reflective tranquillity. At times, the flute and guitar behave as seemingly independent characters, each with their own distinctive personality – at others, they sing together in harmony. A central fast passage is framed by two slow, outer sections, each of which explore the expressive and virtuosic qualities of the flute and guitar.

Performances

  • 20 March 2017; Kim Falconer & Dan McKay; Melba Hall, Victoria

sCORE SAMPLE And media

 

Excerpts from Windsong premiere performance

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winter, for flute and cello (2016)

c. 9 mins

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Program note

Though conceived as a gentle and often meditative piece, Winter has moments of both sunlight and shadow. The title carries no specific programmatic significance, but the overall journey of the work can be likened to a winter stroll through the woods, with many twists and turns along the way. The flute and cello converse and interact throughout, at times with considerable intensity, but eventually achieve solitude in a soft and peaceful conclusion.

Performances

  • 20 May 2016; Kim Falconer & Jonathan Bekes; Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne, Victoria

  • 26 May 2016; Kim Falconer & Jonathan Bekes; Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne, Victoria

  • 25 November 2016; Michal Rosiak & Danielle Bentley; Queensland Conservatorium, Brisbane, QLD

  • 20 March 2017; Kim Falconer & Eliza Sdraulig; Melba Hall, Victoria

sCORE SAMPLE AND MEDIA

 

Winter performed by Kim Falconer and Jonathan Bekes

FURTHER READING

Winter formed part of my MMus (Melbourne) thesis, which includes an introductory analysis of the work and perusal score

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ballade, for flugelhorn and organ (2014)

c. 6 mins

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program note

Ballade, for flugelhorn and organ, is a single-movement work, composed for fine trumpeter and friend Mads Sørensen in March 2014. As the title suggests, Ballade is predominantly lyrical in character, yet traverses a variety of moods throughout its duration. I wanted to create a work in which the warm, expressive possibilities of the flugelhorn could be realised, with a degree of flexibility afforded to the performer. Structurally, three expressive cadenza passages alternate with three more measured sections: an organ interlude, an understated and dance-like allegro moderato, and a tranquil coda.

performances

  • 20 October 2014; Joel Walmsley & Timothy Mallis; Melba Hall, Victoria

  • 20 November 2016; Joel Brennan & Anthony Halliday; Brunswick, Victoria

  • 15 January 2017; Joel Brennan & Anthony Halliday; St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ballarat, Victoria

  • 21 November 2018; Joel Walmsley & TBC; University of Melbourne, Victoria

score sample

 
 

further reading

Review of St. Patrick’s Cathedral performance by Classic Melbourne