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Flēotan is an Old English word meaning ‘to float’ and also forms the etymological root of the word ‘fleeting’. The music grows out of a hovering and quickly oscillating melodic line presented at the beginning, which transforms through different colours and registers, expanding and contracting, constantly deviating from course. The piece shifts ‘fleetingly’ through different distinct sections, held together by the melodic movement and continually descending harmonic sequence. The initial material is quite restrained and clear in purpose but throughout the piece becomes denser, more angular and erratic, culminating in an explosive finish.

Flēotan was written as a sketch or study for a larger work, The Twittering Machine, written in 2008 also for the London Symphony Orchestra.

from notes by Charlie Piper © 2013


The Panufnik Legacies, Vol. 1
Studio Master: LSO5061Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for LSO5061 track 3

Recording date
28 October 2012
Recording venue
LSO St Luke's, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jonathan Stokes
Recording engineer
Neil Hutchinson
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  1. The Panufnik Legacies, Vol. 1 (LSO5061)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: May 2013
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