Works for woodwind:

solo & solo + 1

  

Woodwind Solo

  

Flute / Bass Flute

Agité I

flute.

1989/91: 3 mins.

  

Agité I was premiered by Suzanne Hornsby in Melbourne in 1993. Its first US performance was by Linda Wetherill in New York in 1998, and its European premiere was given in Braila, (Romania) by Alexandru Hanganu in 2000. It has been performed and broadcast many times by Melanie Chilianis of the Melbourne-based ensemble re-sound, and is available on their self-titled CD.

  

Blitz

flute.

2006: 4 mins. 20 secs.

  

Blitz was premiered by John McMurtery at Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Memphis, USA on 20/6/2013 as part of the 7th Belvedere Chamber Music Festival.

Score Sample (PDF)  

         

Blitz premiere at Grace-St Luke's Church                                                               

Photo: Lucy Owens   

  

Resignation

flute.

2001: 5 mins.

  

Resignation was written during a time when I was questioning the wisdom of continuing with composition - after a series of, in some cases particularly insulting, rejections. After a period of outrage and disappointment at these decisions, I determined nonetheless to persevere with my work, content in the knowledge that I am at the very least pursuing my chosen course honestly, openly, and competently.  

Resignation was premiered by Elizabeth Barcan in Melbourne on 28/5/2006.

Elizabeth Barcan

  

Solitary

bass flute.

2005: 3 mins. 10 secs. approx.

  

Solitary was premiered by Linda Wetherill in New York in August, 2007.

Complete Score (PDF)

Linda Wetherill

  

Oboe

Clamour

oboe.

2003/5: 6 mins. 15 secs.

Score Sample (PDF)

  

Clarinet / Bass Clarinet

Clair-Obscur

Bb clarinet.

2006: 1 min.

  

Clair-Obscur was premiered on 31/5/2006 by Joshua Rubin (of the New York Miniaturist Ensemble) at the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, New York.

Joshua Rubin

  

Scorn

Bb bass clarinet.

2002: 5 mins.

  

"...There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn..."

                                               from The Myth of Sisyphus, by Albert Camus.

  

Scorn was premiered in the Great Hall at King’s College London on 8/3/2004 by Carl Rosman, who also gave the first performance in Germany in Stuttgart on April 6th the same year.

Score Sample (PDF)

 

Carl Rosman

  

Woodwind + 1

  

Flute / Alto Flute + 1

...of two minds...

alto flute, guitar.

2008: 5 mins. 30 secs. approx.

  

...of two minds... was premiered by Carla Rees and David Black at All Saints Church, Oakleigh Park, London on 23/3/2009.

 

Carla Rees & David Black.

Photo: Derek Rees

  

...on the edges of a plan...

flute, piano.

2014: 6 mins. approx.

  

“Pinned my hopes on vanishing lands

Thought I could be caught like

Smoke with two hands, alive

I’m a Wanderer on the edges of a plan…”

     from The Wanderer, by A Lonely Crowd (Luke Ancell, Scott Ancell, Xen Havales)  

  

...on the edges of a plan... was completed in March 2014, and is approx. 6 mins. long.

Score Sample (PDF)

  

Puck

flute, vibraphone.

2007: 3 mins. 10 secs.

  

Oboe + 1

Espiral

oboe, vibes.

2012: 7 mins. approx.

  

“The spiral is a spiritualized circle.

In the spiral form, the circle, uncoiled, unwound, has ceased to be vicious;

it has been set free…”

                                   from Speak, Memory, by Vladimir Nabokov.

  

Espiral was completed in April 2012, and is approx. 7 mins. long.

Score Sample (PDF)

  

...in Coils...

oboe, viola.

2008 rev 2011: 4 mins. 30 secs. approx.

  

"....Alice......turned to the Mock Turtle, and said `What else had you to learn?'

Well, there was Mystery,' the Mock Turtle replied, counting off the subjects on his flappers, `-- Mystery, ancient and modern, with Seaography: then Drawling--the Drawling-master was an old conger-eel, that used to come once a week: HE taught us Drawling, Stretching, and Fainting in Coils.'

`What was THAT like?' said Alice.

`Well, I can't show it you myself,' the Mock Turtle said: `I'm too stiff. And the Gryphon never learnt it.'....."

                                                                                     from ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, by Lewis Carroll.

  

...in Coils was completed in January 2008, revised in 2011 and is approx. 4 1/2 mins. long.

Score Sample (PDF)

 

Clarinet / Bass Clarinet + 1

Slap

Bb bass clarinet, percussion.

1998 rev. 2000: 6 mins.

  

Slap is a short work of about 6 ½ minutes duration that rather obviously takes its title from the opening slap tongue of the bass clarinet, but also observes that slap is one of those words that turns up in many other combinations e.g. slap-bang, slap-stick, slap-up, slap in the face, and slap and tickle to name a few. The sense of some of these other terms has doubtless found its way into this piece, (hopefully not slap-dash).

Slap was written for Duo Contemporain, and is dedicated to Henri Bok and Miguel Bernat.

It was premiered by Duo Contemporain at the Totally Huge New Music Festival in Perth on 9/5/2000, and underwent minor revision thereafter.

  

Split

Bb clarinet, piano.

1998: 5 mins.

  

split: v.t. to cut lengthwise; to cleave; to tear apart; to separate; to divide; - v.i. to break asunder; to dash to pieces; to betray a secret.

"Split is a high-energy work with great rhythmic intricacy. Flutter tongued notes, trills and strong chords, which are split into jagged and angular flourishes for both instruments, plunge us into a short but intense and dramatic sound world."

Robert Chamberlain [used by permission]

"Split can be described as an abstract but highly-charged modernist chamber work...derives much of its energy and continuity from short note values combined in irregular but active rhythms and gestures...one always senses a clear and consistent pitch structure..."

Thomas Reiner [used by permission]

Split was premiered by [pianist] Robert Chamberlain and [re-sound clarinettist] Paul Todd in Melbourne on October 17th, 2002.

  

...the principle of looking...

Bb bass clarinet, 5 octave marimba.

2008 rev. 2011: 11 mins. 30 secs.

  

"...all these constructions and the laws connecting them can be arrived at by the principle of looking for the mathematically simplest concepts and the link between them."

                                                                                               Albert Einstein.

Score Sample (PDF)

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