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Instrumental Music - flute and piano
"Ozzie Bush Birds", for flute and piano - 2014 - duration 9:42 minutes
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Composer's Analysis (2015)
I have dedicated Ozzie Bush Birds to the brilliant flautist Julia Fekete-Berky. Julia's vision and insight into this programmatic and atmospheric work of mine is astonishing, as is her impeccable technique.
This work was inspired by the many native Australian birds that inhabit my Arcadian rural property in NSW. The music is episodic in concept and in structure. It is an evocative work with many different moods.
The flute represents the birds - their flight movements, their bird calls, their song patterns, and even angry birds in the cadenza.
The piano represents the earth, the trees, the bush, the scrub, and the undergrowth as found in the Australian bush. The concept of these features is portrayed in the pianistic pedal points and in the arpeggio figures.
The harmonic resources I have used stabilises yet generates the overall atmosphere of this work. At times the harmony can be modal.
From the outset the piano establishes an E centred atmospheric sound before the cantabile flute enters with the main lyrical theme.
The central section entitled "The Bird Call Episode" is the main contrasting episode. Here the piano generates an austere atmosphere with its minimalistic ostinato repetitive figures. The flute plays many different and intricate ornamental bird call patterns.
The structure is in Rondo form with a brilliant flute cadenza. The contrasting episodes feature bird calls. The main lyrical theme is given to the solo flute in the keys of E minor and C Minor. In contrast the piano ostinato figures and the sweeping arpeggios give a vision of the landscape I am describing.
Overall in this work, the music creates a spaciousness and a feeling of distance. This was my aim to reveal the vastness to be found in the Australian landscape, where the bush birds live.
The World Premiere Performance of “Ozzie Bush Birds” Op29 was given on 16thNovember 2014. Rosalind Carlson OAM dedicated this work to brilliant Czechoslovakian flautist Julia Fekete-Berky. Julia, together with the renowned Australian Ukrainian pianist Evgeny Ukhanov gave the “Ozzie Bush Birds” this World Premiere Performance in Sydney NSW. This performance occurred in the chapel of Mount Saint Benedict at the Carlson Chorale recital to an enthusiastic and most responsive audience of approximately two-hundred people.
This performance was held on 29th November 2015. The “Ozzie Bush Birds” Op29 was played by the professional and celebrated Sydney artists, Janet Webb (flute) and Jocelyn Fazzone (piano). The concert venue was Wyvern Music Forestville. This program was recorded by and for radio broadcast Fine Music FM 102.5.