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Richard's prelude : flute with piano

by Nigel Butterley (2012)

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Performance by Christine Draeger, Jocelyn Fazzone from the CD Spirit of the plains

Spirit of the plains


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Richard's prelude / Nigel Butterley.

Library shelf no. 788.32/BUT 3 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

I have always enjoyed accompanying, and from the 1950s the opportunities I had were mainly with singers and flute players. Having written a short quiet piece, Evanston Song, in 1978, I wanted to respond to Christine Draeger's recent invitation with something more animated, which she could introduce to students as well as adding it to her own repertoire.

I have very clear memories of Peter Richardson and Richard Meale playing music by the Italian avant-‐garde, and of their premiere of Richard's own Sonata for flute and piano, in 1960. That event made clear that Australia now had its own 'avant-‐garde.'

'Richard's Prelude' is a reflection on his own music, following his death in September 2009. It is more a duo than a piece with piano accompaniment.

Nigel Butterley
April 2013

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: Flute, piano.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Christine Draeger.

First performance: by Christine Draeger, John Martin at Rhapsody in Silver (The Flute Tree) on 23 Jun 2013


Performances of this work

8 Oct 2019: at Grand Gallery (Sydney Conservatorium of Music). Featuring Laura Chislett, Stephanie McCallum.

29 Sep 2013: at Spirit of the Plains CD launch (The Flute Tree).

23 Jun 2013: at Rhapsody in Silver (The Flute Tree). Featuring Christine Draeger, John Martin.

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