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Winter I Was

for alto flute and spoken voice

Year:  2009   ·  Duration:  4m

Year:  2009
Duration:  4m

Ben Hoadley

Composer:   Ben Hoadley

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Three Sketches for a Nocturne and Winter I Was are miniatures with the alto flute as a common element. They were written independently to each other and premiered as separate pieces by flautist Luca Manghi. For a subsequent concert, we decided to combine them one after the other without a break, and found the result to work so well that they seemed like they were always meant to be played together. They can still be performed as separate pieces, but I think of them as belonging alongside each other now. The poem Winter I Was is from Gregory O'Brien's collection of poems by the same name published by Victoria University Press in 1999. It is subtitled "in memory, Morton Feldman and John Cage" and was written in New York City after hearing of the death of John Cage. The pianist mentioned in the poem is Marianne Schroeder, who made various recordings of Cage and Feldman on the Hat Hut label. - Ben Hoadley

Dedication note

in memory, Morton Feldman and John Cage

Text note

text by Greg O'Brien

Performance history

04 Mar 2009: NZ Music for Woodwinds

06 Aug 2010: Karlheinz Company: Tribute to Pärt

02 Nov 2011: Performed by Luca Manghi (flute) at Rannoch, in Auckland

20 Nov 2011: Performed by Luca Manghi (alto flute) with Ben Hoadley (narrator) as part of the "Intrepid Music Project" concert at Depot Arts Space, in Devonport

22 Feb 2013: After Lilburn

09 Mar 2018: Performed by Gregory O'Brien (speaker) and Luca Manghi (flute) at New Zealand Music for Woodwind, St Andrew's On The Terrace

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