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Composer: Tattersall - Malcolm

Instrumentation: Tenor - Bass

Period/genre: Australian Contemporary

Grade: Difficult

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*Contemporary Piece.* Attractive atmospheric piece that uses Asian influences. Makes some use of multiphonics and vocal colouration. Bass & tenor/treble version.

1. Ikaho

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  • Malcolm Tattersall Ikaho

    OMP 021 is a two-and-a-half-minute solo for bass recorder, or treble or tenor, by Malcolm Tattersall, entitled Ikaho.  It is presented twice, first in bass clef and again in treble, as if there are recorder players who could not play from either clef on any recorder!  I found the piece accessible, convincing and compelling.  The composer describes it as a quasi-vocal setting of a poem by the 7th-century Japanese poet Manyoshu:

    The wind that sweeps down Ikaho,

    Some days it blows, they say:

    Another it does not blow.

    Two statements of the theme enclose a series of six meditations on various images evoked by the poem.  Techniques used include flutter-tongue, finger-vibrato, trills, tremolos, sputato, con voce, glissandi, window- covering and much normal playing.

    Paul Clark, The Recorder Magazine, Summer 1999

    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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