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Stardrift for Solo Flute

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Pan - Journal of the British Flute Society

Pan - Journal of the British Flute Society

This review first appeared in Pan, the journal of the British Flute Society and is reproduced with permission. Join the BFS: membership starts from £25 a year.

Often played at competitions. It must be set somewhere for an exam. Hard to listen to, but appealing to advanced students. He is a fine oboe player, and certainly the writing of this is perfect for our instrument.

Atarah Ben-Tovim

From the Publisher

Composer's Notes

"Like Holst, I have from childhood found astronomy an absorbing preoccupation, not only for its own sake, but also as a therapeutic contrast to the world in which we live. I see the thread that links space research to the technology of electro-acoustic music as a creative equation, which is explored in my large orchestral works such as Saturn and smaller instrumental works such as Stardrift. This piece was commissioned by the British Flute Society as the competition test piece for the 1992 International Flute Convention in London, which required a representation of as many expressive and technical characteristics of the flute as possible. The title is an astronomical term that describes the drift of the planets against the fixed stars. I considered this an appealing and paradoxical notion for the structure of a piece for a solo instrument. From the stillness of the opening the music gathers increasing density, but sustains the superimposition of the organic intervals that relate to the whole piece. It is dedicated to Susan Milan, who instigated the commission." - Edwin Roxburgh

Difficulty guide: 9
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is total beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Item Details

Category: Solo Flute Repertoire
Publisher: United Music Publishers
Our Stock Code: 1115086
Media Type: Paperback

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