Constellation (2012)

Flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, cello

Duration: 8:30

Premiere: 13 October 2012. Adelaide Australia

Program Notes:

Constellation is an exploration on the theme of intersection, which is central to the 2012 Soundstream: Adelaide New Music Festival. The initial starting point for the piece came from two quotes:


"We live immersed in narrative, recounting and reassessing the meaning of our past actions, anticipating the outcome of our future projects, situating ourselves at the intersection of several stories not yet completed." - Peter Brooks


"Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world's phenomena intersect, only once in this way, and never again". - Herman Hesse


The piece takes one piece of musical material and moves through various ‘intersections‘ and manipulations of the musical idea. The title of the work, Constellation, refers to the theme in a number of ways. Firstly, it refers to the way in which we assign meaning to the intersection of stars by organising them into constellations. Secondly, there is a visual reference to the diagrams of constellations, which show the intersections of dots and lines, and lastly, the title references the atmospheric nature of the piece.