Music for clarinet by Australian composers. Celebrating Australia's landscape, its spirit, its music and its composers, 'Dreamtracks' documents some of the best contemporary Australian music written for solo clarinet and piano and a variety of unusual chamber music combinations.
Includes 'Sonata ' (Meta Overman), (Andrew Schultz), the exciting and appealing 'Whirligig' and 'Gorlywhorl ' (Gerald Glynn), 'Twist' and 'bisous' (Gerard Brophy), 'Towards the Still Point' (Peter Rankine) and 'Dreamtracks' (Peter Sculthorpe) - 'may be the best Australian composition for this combination that I have heard.' (Clasax).
Floyd Williams is a Senior Lecturer in Clarinet at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Brisbane. He has performed with orchestras world wide as principal and solo clarinettist and is a leading lecturer in the clarinet.
“A great addition to any clarinet library!”
— Queensland Clarinet and Saxophone Society Journal
“Williams, with his sober but warm style, makes a strong case for music which one virtually never hears on disc, and seldom enough in live performance ... this is an important recording and repays careful attention.”
— Stuart Thomas, The Melburnian
“The playing throughout the disc is outstanding. The various ensembles perform well together, and Floyd Williams plays with a consistently fluid, beautiful tone and with impeccable accuracy and intonation.”
— The Clarinet
- Allegro con moto
- Lento intensivo
- Theme and variaitons
- Stick Dance Andrew Schultz
- Dream Tracks Peter Sculthorpe
- Whirligig Gerald Glynn
- Gorlywhorl Gerald Glynn
- The Dance
- Neither from nor towards
- Still and moving ... only through time ...
- Twist Gerard Brophy
- bisous Gerard Brophy
Sonata Meta Overman
Towards the Still Point Peter Rankine
- Floyd Williams · clarinet and bass clarinet
- Stephen Emmerson · piano · tracks 1—5, 8 and 10
- David Montgomery · marimba · track 4
- Barry Davis · cor anglais · track 12
- Michele Walsh · violin · track 5
Gerard Brophy is a contemporary Australian composer. His music has been performed at all the major festivals including the Gaudeamus Music Week, Warsaw Autumn, Nuove Consonanza, Nuovi Spazi Musicali and the Zagreeb Biennale.
Born in Launceston, Tasmania in 1929, Peter Sculthorpe is now one of Australia's best-known composers and a fine pianist. Recordings of Sculthorpe's orchestral works and music for strings have won a number of Australian Record Industry Awards (ARIA).
The output of Meta Overman is significant for she utilised 20th century European musical trends which many other Australian composers of her generation did not adopt. Overman's passion was music for the theatre for which she composed about eleven one-act operas and four ballets.
A graduate of The Universities of Queensland and London, Schultz has received numerous awards and commissions and is currently Associate Professor and Head of Music at the Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong.
Australian composer Gerald Glynn's music has been performed in France, the UK, West Germany and Austria. Actively interested in the music of non-Western Cultures, over the past 15 years he has travelled extensively in Asia, Latin America and Africa, pursuing this interest.
With a background in Celtic music, Peter Rankine's connection to the world of concert music was made in 1980 upon hearing Bartok's Fifth String Quartet. Freelancing since 1987, Rankine has fulfilled commissions for a variety of media including orchestras, chamber ensembles, solo works, theatre, dance and opera, composing for artists locally, interstate and abroad.
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This recording project has been assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.