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Frank Denyer, Octandre Ensemble


Label: Another Timbre

Format: CD

Genre: Compositional

In stock


An extraordinary album of compositions by Frank Denyer, played by Octandre Ensemble. 'Screens' contains five pieces, whose dates of composition range from 1973 to 2021. Anyone listening blind would struggle to identify which were early pieces, and which were late; they all simply belong to and come out of Frank Denyer unique and idiosyncratic soundworld.

A list of the instrumentation for the first piece, 'Broken Music' from 1990, gives an indication of the peculiarity and eccentricity of the music: flute, piccolo, crow call, melodica, beaked whistle, shepherd’s whistle, marble on table top, bassoon, contrabassoon, cello, banjo, harp, two percussionists playing non-standard instruments, offstage crow call, offstage rabbit call & offstage fox call.

Irresistible music. 

Cat. number: at220
Year: 2024
Broken Music (1990) for flute, contra-bassoon, melodica, cello, harp, banjo & two percussionists Commissioned by Musica Practica, Japan Unison 1 (1973) version for female voice, flute, clarinet, violin & viola Screens (2017/18) for female voice, flute, violin, viola, two percussionists & speaker Commissioned by Octandre Ensemble with support from PRS Foundation Unison 3 (1973) version for male voice, bass flute, clarinet, viola & cello Five Views of the Path (2020/21) for female voice, violin, three flutes, mandolin & two percussionists Commissioned by Octandre Ensemble with support from Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung Recorded 2nd-4th September 2022 by [...] at the Menuhin Hall, Menuhin School, Surrey Cover artwork: detail of 'Among the Flames IV' by [...], with thanks Supported by the Vaughan Williams Foundation, PRS Foundation Open Fund, and Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung