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Christine Draeger, Jocelyn Edey Fazzone & Lamorna Nightingale | Eat Chocolate and Cry: Australian Flute Music 1999-2009

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Eat Chocolate and Cry: Australian Flute Music 1999-2009

by Christine Draeger, Jocelyn Edey Fazzone & Lamorna Nightingale

This CD celebrates the surprising diversity of new Australian flute music. It will be of particular interest to flute teachers and students as all the pieces are suitable for HSC performance and several are listed on the AMEB syllabus.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Flight of Fancy
Lamorna Nightingale & Jocelyn Edey Fazzone
3:30 $1.69
2. Invisible Dance
Christine Draeger & Jocelyn Edey Fazzone
2:28 $1.69
3. Jerry's Dance Song
Lamorna Nightingale
0:42 $1.69
4. Arabesque
Lamorna Nightingale
3:40 $1.69
5. Earth Song from Nura
Lamorna Nightingale & Jocelyn Edey Fazzone
3:09 $1.69
6. On a Moonlight Night...
Christine Draeger & Jocelyn Edey Fazzone
4:42 $1.69
7. Promenade
Christine Draeger & Jocelyn Edey Fazzone
3:03 $1.69
8. Confession 2
Lamorna Nightingale
5:05 $1.69
9. Autumn Song
Lamorna Nightingale & Jocelyn Edey Fazzone
3:32 $1.69
10. Silver-Point
Christine Draeger
3:25 $1.69
11. Garden Scene
Christine Draeger & Jocelyn Edey Fazzone
2:08 $1.69
12. Firefly
Lamorna Nightingale
1:49 $1.69
13. Rosella
Christine Draeger
3:02 $1.69
14. Eat Chocolate and Cry
Christine Draeger & Jocelyn Edey Fazzone
3:39 $1.69
15. Eliza Aria
Christine Draeger & Jocelyn Edey Fazzone
3:17 $1.69
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Album Notes
Christine Draeger studied with Zdenek Bruderhans at Adelaide University. She was a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra 1981–86, and has also worked with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Christine was a member of Sonic Art Ensemble (formerly The Seymour Group) from 1982-2007. She has run workshops and masterclasses in contemporary techniques for ANU School of Music, Tasmanian Conservatorium and Sydney Conservatorium. She has written works for solo flute, flute quartet and theatre pieces, and is an associate represented composer at the Australian Music Centre.
Her music is published by ReedMusic.

Lamorna Nightingale is a member of Australia’s premier new music group, Ensemble Offspring, and regularly performs as a casual member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Lamorna specializes in the repertoire of the 20th and 21st century and has established strong working relationships with many composers. Lamorna studied with Vernon Hill and Virginia Taylor at the Canberra School of Music and with Margaret Crawford at the Sydney Conservatorium where she completed a Masters in Performance. Lamorna has taught flute for the Australian Institute of Music, University of NSW and several Sydney schools and is a senior examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board.

Jocelyn Edey Fazzone is a Sydney based flutist and pianist. She has taught for the Sydney Conservatorium, Universities of Sydney and NSW, Wesley Institute, and maintains a large private teaching studio. She has performed with many leading orchestras, including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symhony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. A major sphere of her work is in combining her double instrument skills in the collaboration as pianist with leading Australian flutists.

1. Matthew Orlovich - Flight of Fancy (2006)
Flight of Fancy kicks off in an energetic and cheerful way with the bright, upper registers of both instruments at play and a contrasting theme fashioned atop a jazzy, dance-inspired bass-line. The middle section of the piece evokes, for me, images of night and a kind of magic. The opening theme is reintroduced by the sound of a slow-to-start, hand-cranked engine in the piano. MO
2. Tim Dargaville - Invisible Dance (2006)
This short duet, originally for flute and harp, is part of a collection of miniatures for solo and duo instruments titled "Invisible Dances" commissioned by the Sonic Art Ensemble. Each miniature is a sequence of modules - short phrases that recur and vary - and the larger version of "Invisible Dances" threads and expands these miniatures into a suite resembling a sort of musical kaleidoscope.
3. & 4. Ross Edwards - Jerry’s Dance Song (2005) and Arabesque (2006) from Mystic Spring
Mystic Spring is a collection of nine short pieces including Jerry’s Dance Song and Arabesque for treble woodwind instruments, many of them composed for family, friends and colleagues to help celebrate birthdays, weddings and the birth of children. I’ve described them as songs and dances. They’re mainly cheerful, a few are reflective and some have been used effectively as encores. RE
5. Ross Edwards - Earth Dance from Nura (2004)
Nura means ‘place’ or ‘country’ in a language spoken by people living in the area that is now Sydney. I live near one of Sydney Harbour’s many small bays and I often work in the Blue Mountains, west of the city. In Nura I’ve tried to capture the stillness of mountains, arresting birdsong, mysterious insect drones and sensuous water sounds. Earth Dance is the third part of Nura, it is a celebratory maninya, or Australian dance-chant. RE
6. Maria Grenfell - “On a moonlit night, a recluse plays his pale white ch’in” from Poems of a Bright Moon (2000)
“On a moonlit night, a recluse plays his pale white ch’in” is the second movement of Poems of a Bright Moon for flute/alto flute, clarinet and piano (2000). The piece was inspired by the poetry of Li Po, an 8th-century Chinese poet of the T’ang Dynasty. The moon appears in over a third of his poems, and the opportunity to combine Li Po’s images of moonlight with the rich dark tones of the alto flute was irresistible. MG.
7. Christine Draeger Promenade from Conference of the Birds (2001)
This piece came from music I wrote for a show in 2001, a collaboration with storyteller Jane Ahlquist. It was a dramatization of the 13th century poem Conference of the Birds. We adapted the story to portay the characters as various Australian birds. The promenade sections which began and ended the show quote the calls of the Australian Magpie, the Shrike Thrush and the Grey Butcher Bird. CD.
8. Damian Barbeler Confession 2 (2006)
Confession 2 is from a set of six originally for recorder and tape. In each the live instrument creates a character study in sound. The surface sentiments of these characters - the regret, guilt, contrition etc - are betrayed in the electronics by darker emotions and instincts. The ‘Industrial Romantic’ subject matter and treatment is a favourite. It is a returning theme in much of my work. - DB
9. Katy Abbott - Autumn Song (2001)
Autumn Song is a lovely piece in the style of pop song. Abbott says of her music: 'In my music, I am trying to capture the little things that make us human or happen to us because we are human. I am not writing about one specific societal or political issue, but rather, I seek to unpack the human side of life; humour, foibles, quirky things we do and say, beauty, grief and friendship'. KA
10. Gordon Kerry - Silver Point (2000)
Silver-Point is one of a series of short instrumental etudes written between 1999 and 2001 as part of a Fellowship from the Music Board of the Australia Council, but has a specific extra-musical association. As a reformed flautist I was sympathetically appalled when Alison Mitchell lost a valuable instrument after an altercation with a Sydney taxi driver. When she received her new flute, I wanted to write a piece which would be an inauguration present, as was Edgard Varèse’s Density 21.5 (whose title refers to the density of platinum). ‘Silver-point’, by contrast, is a drawing technique whereby a silver wire is held like the lead in a pencil. The effect is like silver-grey pencil drawing, but as the Penguin Dictionary of Art and Artists puts it, the technique ‘has the advantage of indelibility, which makes the draughtsman think before he puts down a line’. ©GK
11. Jane Stanley - Firefly (1999)
Permeating the entire work is a darting, staccato motif, which reflects the short, rhythmic flashes of light so characteristic of fireflies’ mating ritual. JS
12. Graeme Koehne - Garden Scene from 1914. (2001) (arranged for flute and piano by Christine Draeger)
In 2001 Graeme Koehne was commissioned by the Australian Ballet to write music for the ballet 1914. This scene comes from near the beginning of the story, before the outbreak of war. The young man Jim is alone in the idyllic surroundings of a bird sanctuary.
13. Alan Holley - Rosella (Singing to his Mate) (1999)
Rosella (Singing to his Mate) for solo flute forms the second movement of my chamber orchestra work My Summer Garden. My intent was to portray a lone male Eastern Rosella, one of the Australia’s most beautiful parrots, first of all finding a mate and then calling to her over a little distance. This is not a direct transcription of birdsong, but more an impression of the tremendous energy the Rosella puts into his mating efforts. AH.
14. Jan Preston - Eat Chocolate and Cry (2006) (flute part adapted by Christine Draeger)
Jan is a Boogie-woogie singer and pianist based in Sydney. This song, about a broken heart, is from Jan’s 2006 album Boogie Boots. When Christine heard the song she thought it would make a great flute solo. Jan agreed so Christine adapted the vocal line for flute using pitch bending and flutter tonguing.
15. Elena Kats-Chernin - Eliza Aria from Wild Swans (2002) (piccolo part adapted by Christine Draeger)
I wrote the piece firstly as part of the ballet "Wild Swans" choreographed by Meryl Tankard for Australian Ballet. Originally it was for soprano and orchestra and had its premiere in 2003. The piece introduces princess Eliza and expresses her pure soul, innocence and faith in the good of the world. Due to the use of the original version in a TV advertisement in UK, it became well known there and has since been remixed by Mark Brown as well as other DJ's, as well as made into a pop song (called "The Journey Continues" sung by Sarah Cracknell). E. K-C.



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