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Breath of Creation

Flutes of two worlds. Performing on shakuhachi, baroque flute and recorder, these two inspiring performers - renowned in their own fields - join forces to present a magical display of virtuosic delights and evocative sound-scapes.

A meeting-point of European and Japanese traditions - 'Breath of Creation' - flutes of two worlds is a journey through traditional folk melodies from England, Ireland and Japan, to the European art music of Bach, Couperin and Vivaldi. Includes stop-offs along the way of eastern meditations and collaborative improvisations by the performers themselves.

Complete with detailed, informative liner notes on the compositions and the place these instruments hold in Eastern & Western culture, 'Breath of Creation' presents an insight into the collaborative creativity of two Australian musicians from two very different worlds.


Greg Dikmans

As a virtuoso of the baroque flute and recorder, conductor, educator and scholar, Greg Dikmans has been at the forefront of the Early Music movement in Australia for a number of years.

Anne Norman

Anne Norman is a performer, improvisor, composer and teacher of shakuhachi currently residing in Melbourne and working as a freelance artist in music-theatre productions, solo and collaborative recitals, broadcasts and recording work.

Press quotes

“The measure of the success of this recording is that it leaves one listening not just to the musical works themselves but to those further and more distant musics of the spheres.”

— Ruth Wilkinson, Recorder and Early Music

“I highly recommend this CD to anyone with a penchant for the mystical, the unusual and the unexpected. The performances are first rate.”

— Keith Griffin, Journal of the Australian Flute Association

Audio previews

Track Listing

  1. Variations on Doen Daphne d'over schoone maeght Jacob van Eyck 6:15
  2. Alone in a strange place Anne Norman 4:23
  3. Irish & English folk songs (Traditional) 8:22
  4. Troisième livre de pièces de clavecin Le rossignol-en-amour François Couperin 7:18
  5. Tsuru no sugomori (nesting cranes) (Honkyoku) 8:45
  6. Music for a bird Hans-Martin Linde 5:40
  7. Shika no tone (distant cries of deer) (Honkyoku) 3:09
  8. Flute Concerto in D Major, RV 428 "Il gardellino" Cadenza Antonio Vivaldi :57
  9. Koden Sugomori (nesting song) (Honkyoku) 1:22
  10. Ecoutez les sons touchants de la tendre Philomel from Ile de Délos Louis-Nicolas Clérambault 1:47
  11. Japanese folk songs (Traditional) 7:51
  12. Partita in A minor, BWV 1013 Sarabande Johann Sebastian Bach 5:15
  13. Spaces Anne Norman 4:02
  14. Daphne-bushi Anne Norman Greg Dikmans 6:13



Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.

François Couperin

Couperin belonged to a family of several composers from the mid-17th to mid-19th centuries. He was organist in the chapel of Louis XIV at Versailles, and was the greatest French master of the harpsichord.

Antonio Vivaldi

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer, priest, and virtuoso violinist. Vivaldi is recognised as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread over Europe.

Where to buy

Breath of Creation is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

Breath of Creation is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Total playing time
71 minutes 19 seconds
Martin Wright
Vaughan McAlley
Release date
© 1995 Move Records
℗ 1995 Move Records
Baroque, Cross-cultural
Catalogue number
MD 3163
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574316322