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The inspiration for Roadtrip comes from the train commute I make weekly from Sydney to a university teaching job in Newcastle. I really enjoy the landscapes I encounter on this journey and the way that they evolve; urban, suburban, mountainous bush land tumbling down into the Hawkesbury River. The train clings to the shoreline around Brisbane Waters, sparkling beautifully in the morning sunshine, then snakes through more bush land, cuts through suburbia and finally emerges into the industrial steel heart of Newcastle.
Roadtrip is, simply put, a motivic evolution, a very simple four note motive that continually evolves and extends and transforms itself, in much the same way as the landscape evolves around the silver bullet of a train hurtling down the tracks.
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60 minutes - Includes 18 Demo Tracks and 18 play-along tracks plus tuning track.
Flute & Piano Demonstration Tracks
Orchestral Backing Tracks
The Australian recorder player Jo Dudley commissioned this brief, virtuosic solo.
Ulpirra is an Aboriginal word meaning pipe or flute. It has been performed and recorded on many different treble instruments apart from the recorder: piccolo, flute, oboe, B-flat and E-flat clarinets, a special version for bass clarinet with handclapping accompaniment in Enyato IV, and soprano or alto saxophone.
Being short and snappy it is especially useful as an encore piece for recitals.