Richard's prelude / Nigel Butterley for flute and piano
I have always enjoyed accompanying, and from the 1950s the opportunities I had were mainly with singers and flute players. Having written a short quiet piece, Evanston Song, in 1978, I wanted to respond to Christine Draeger's recent invitation with something more animated, which she could introduce to students as well as adding it to her own repertoire.
I have very clear memories of Peter Richardson and Richard Meale playing music by the Italian avant-‐garde, and of their premiere of Richard's own Sonata for flute and piano, in 1960. That event made clear that Australia now had its own 'avant-‐garde.'
'Richard's Prelude' is a reflection on his own music, following his death in September 2009. It is more a duo than a piece with piano accompaniment.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (8p. -- A4 (portrait)) and 1 part (2p. -- A4 (portrait))
Duration: 3 mins, 40 sec.
This edition produced 2011.