Flying and Floating by Steve Newcomb

Newcomb, Steve, Dirié, Gerardo, Stefulj, John, Hudson, Paul, Walsh, Michele, Jennings, Graeme, Pollett, Patricia, Stocker, Markus, Emmerson, Stephen, Lipman, Sebastian and Walters, Peter (2012) Flying and Floating by Steve Newcomb. Ian Hanger Recital Hall, Southbank, QLD, Australia, Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.

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Author Newcomb, Steve
Dirié, Gerardo
Stefulj, John
Hudson, Paul
Walsh, Michele
Jennings, Graeme
Pollett, Patricia
Stocker, Markus
Emmerson, Stephen
Lipman, Sebastian
Walters, Peter
Title Flying and Floating by Steve Newcomb
Place of publication Ian Hanger Recital Hall, Southbank, QLD, Australia
Publisher Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University
Publication date 2012-03-30
Series 2012 Concert Season
Total pages 1 musical performance
Language eng
Subject Live Performance of Creative Work - Music
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Flying and Floating was written for a chamber ensemble I formed while in my first year of DMA study at the Manhattan School of Music in 2011. I've always had the bass clarinet tones of John Surman in the back of my mind too, and this composition proved to be the chance to utilise it, alongside an ensemble of many strings (double bass, piano, harp and string quartet). The title refers to an image in my mind of flying over an icy landscape (non-specific) and looking down to see floating icebergs of different sizes. The metaphor of both flying and floating are seen as emotional states, with the former having direction and the later lacking it. I must add here that the flying idea was firstly inspired by the landmark Keith Jarrett Trio album "Changes", which included two tracks named "Flying" (part 1 and part 2) that were freely improvised by the trio in the studio. I have always loved the way they achieved forward motion without each playing together, in a harmonic, or rhythmic sense. Instead, they seem to each create waves of sound that cross one another as they explore the texture of their spontaneous creation. The atmosphere of my "Flying and Floating" is somewhat lamenting, and even though the work doesn't aim to be an environmental conscious statement, it is difficult in this age to not think about global warming and its impact on the ice landforms on the planet. The bass clarinet acts as main soloist and leader of the tempi of the piece. The rhythm section is free to react and play in a more textural/sonic role, as an underlying current to the specific notation for the strings.


Flying and Floating: Steve Newcomb
An die Laute: Franz Schubert
Morgen: Richard Strauss
Ständchen: Franz Schubert
Folksongs: arr Benjamin Britten
  Master Kilby
  I will give my love an apple
  Early one morning
  The foggy, foggy dew
Bordel1900 and Café 1930 from Histoire de Tango: Astor Piazzolla (arr Alice Giles)
Berceuse from Jocelyn: Benjamin Godard
A Chloris: Reynaldo
Aubade from Le Roi d'Ys: Eduard Lalo

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