duration: 4 to 6 minutes
One of the most notable aspects of contemporary music is the
continuing breach between ‘acoustic’ and ‘electronic’
music. In both aesthetic and technical terms, there is often a lack of
communication between these two modes of operation, which acts to the
detriment of both. Some of the most exciting work being carried out in
the field of composition is where attempts are made to bridge this gap.
Flux reflects my interest in this sphere of activity.
I have adopted a system of notation which enables the performer to exercise
freedom over the various rhythms and durations throughout the piece. This
flexibility ensures that the piece usually lasts between 4 to 6 minutes.
Flux can be performed with or without amplification.
Simon Mawhinney was born in County
Armagh in 1976. He holds a BA in Music from Oxford University, an MA from
York University, and is currently a 2nd year PhD student in Composition
at Queen's University, Belfast, where his supervisor is Piers Hellawell.
His compositions have been performed throughout the British Isles and
Europe by a wide variety of performers. More recently, his Lavender
– dirge for Clarinet and Ensembles won the Northern Sinfonia
Young Composers Award and was performed twice by the Northern Sinfonia
under Heinrich Schiff in February 2001. From July 2001, his work is represented
by the Contemporary Music Centre in Dublin (www.cmc.ie).
In addition to his work as a composer, Simon makes frequent appearances
as a pianist. Recent engagements include critically acclaimed performances
of Debussy’s Preludes, and performances of works for piano and electronics
in Holland and Spain.
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