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Composer: Eccles - Lance

Instrumentation: Descant - Treble - 2 Tenors - Bass

Period/genre: Australian Contemporary

Grade: Moderate

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*Contemporary Piece.* Three evocative movements. First movement makes interesting use of cross rhythms; second is calm and static while the third is a lively jaunt in 12/8.

1. Infra-Red
2. Sunlight
3. Ultra-Violet

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_Score 10 pp. Parts 3 pp. Downloadable PDF file - 888 Kb._

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  • OMP010 Lance Eccles Spectrum

    The three movements of Lance Eccles' Spectrum for recorder quintet SATTB are" "Infra-red", "Sunlight" and "Ultra-violet".  Their structures are audaciously simple, but the realisation of each piece is highly effective.  "Infra-red" is an AABA form, the B being just a transposition of the A, a tone higher, with short connecting passages between.  But the effect of the piece, with its reliance on strings of supertriplets over a tramping bass is electric.  "Sunlight", marked Andante places a bright descant tune over a glowing, flowing, all-crotchet accompaniment that becomes livelier at each of the two repetitions of the tune which itself gets shorter each time.

    "Ultra-violet" is in a moderately fast 12/8, with an attractive bluesy melody over a stomping bass, with many pleasing changes of texture.  The whole piece is very well written for recorders, light-hearted and a pleasure to play.

    Paul Clark, The Recorder Magazine, Summer 1999

    Life recording from a concert, performed by Flauto Vivo (Hamburg, Germany), conducted by Hartmut Stanszus in Jan. 2020. This recording has the addition of a Contra Bass Recorder. 
    Orpheus Music would like to thank Flauto Vivo for generously sharing their recordings with us. 
    To view a video of this recording:
    This video was part of Orpheus Music 25th Celebration, a celebration to share Australian music around the world. Orpheus Music's legacy of keeping Australian music relevant to the musical history of Australia and part of the recorder repertoire is something we are deeply passionate about. We would like to thank all the ensembles and recorder players around the world who took part in our celebration. 

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