Clarke, Ian : Orange Dawn


Ian Clarke-Orange Dawn
for Flute and Piano


Orange Dawn was originally inspired by the vision of a dawn scene in the Great Rift Valley of East Africa.  Awakening exotic animal life was envisaged silhouetted against a dramatic rising sun.  In the opening and closing sections alternative fingerings are used to help create a mysterious earthy quality to the sound; these are printed above the stave.  The middle section the flute simultaneously plays graceful melody over fluid runs.  Ideally suited to an open-hole flute due to one or note bends.  The piano part is of moderate difficulty with a cadenza section.  Originally composed in 1992 and critically acclaimed, Orange Dawn like many of Ian’s pieces is now performed internationally. It is listed on the AMEB (Australian Examinations Board).

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