Graduates interact the viewers by levels

Music graduates Warburton and Apcar relive their pupil days. Photograph: Rob Kennedy.

Music / “Diary of a Music Pupil”, Emma Warburton and Ronan Apcar, ANU Faculty of Music, September 29. Reviewed by ROB KENNEDY.

ENGAGING audiences with new music isn’t a straightforward job in Australia, however two graduates from the ANU Faculty of Music could have discovered a means to do this whereas showcasing their diploma years.

Flautist Emma Warburton and pianist and composer Ronan Apcar have created an attractive musical program titled “Diary of a Music Pupil”. It speaks to an viewers via music and monologues. Apcar says: “I like to think about it as a ‘script’ with musical items which have been written into the play”.

Ronan started by discussing his diploma and the placement of the ANU. They then carried out the floating tune “Beside the Stream”, by Miriam Hyde, which highlighted the impact that the close by Sullivans Creek has on college students. The enjoying was suitably fluid from each.

Then Warburton started filling in her diary with what she was doing round Canberra whereas not learning. Apcar accompanied on piano with appropriate background filling chords, then “Wedding ceremony Morn”, by Miriam Hyde. This tranquil tune gently rolled by earlier than it grew to become energetic, then contemplative, earlier than it moved right into a climax. The enjoying from each confirmed distinctive high quality that fitted the tender music.

Warburton spoke of assembly the composer Elena Kats Chernin earlier than leaping into her “Eliza’s Aria”. It was melodious, barely quirky, ever-changing, like numerous Kats Chernin music, and it had some stunning mixture work for each gamers.

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Again at his desk, Apcar spoke in regards to the difficulties of pupil life in a comical and revealing trend earlier than shifting into his work, “Ideas Earlier than Mattress”. This tonal work, written in a number of elements, confirmed off the musical ideas of an thrilling performer and composer. The flute half crossed types and vaulted in dynamics. The flutter tonguing significantly efficient.

Warburton, now on the desk, spoke of the exhaustion and frustration she felt as a pupil. Then “phoSpheric Variations”, by Paul Stanhope adopted, which sounded identical to she did.

The song-like and lonely tune of “Prelude for a Pensive Pupil”, by Peggy Glanville Hicks, for solo piano, is a stressed and contemplative work. It too was identical to Apcar stated he was feeling in his introduction to the piece.

Expressing her concern of performing the “Sonata in D Main”, Op.94, by Sergei Prokofiev, Warburton relayed how troublesome the music world was and the way she should get this piece proper. However she had little to concern. Her efficiency of the sonata confirmed a refined and highly effective technical command of her instrument. This demanding work flowed from her flute prefer it was enjoying itself.

Apcar takes the whole lot in his stride. Whereas enjoying the Prokofiev and different items, he needed to cope with recalcitrant sheet music shifting round and pages falling to the bottom. Nothing phased him, he by no means missed a beat. “Sunday Morning”, by Ian Clarke adopted.

Earlier than Apcar’s piece “Cogs”, Warburton spoke about being in a greater place together with her education, and the way her love of music pushed her via. Starting like an anthem, complexity and crossed arms on the keyboard took over. It confirmed off the capabilities of each devices with a technical and musical dynamic.

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Slipping on his mortarboard, Apcar advised of his pleasure about getting his diploma and the place the long run may lead. Then a curious alternative of “Irish Tune”, by Carter Pann, arr. Ronan Apcar, which was the tune “Danny Boy”, ended this musical act.

The Faculty of Music is creating extraordinary musicians. It will be no shock to see these two performing collectively in a a lot grander place than the cafe on stage 5 of the Faculty of Music.

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Ian Meikle, editor