- alto flute
Ambitus has a specific meaning for a musician — the distance between the highest and lowest notes in a composition. This Latin term for going round was originally an accusation of exerting soft power in Ancient Rome, and is the root of the English word ambition.
This dual meaning is at the heart of Ambitus. It was written in the spirit of Luciano Berio’s virtuosic Sequenza series, an ambitious endeavour for a composer. From a musical perspective, the work is an exploration of range and register, and also timbre and virtuosity.
Ambitus was commissioned by Daniel Cooper for Mark Takeshi McGregor.
This piece was premiered by Mark Takeshi McGregor on October 16th, 2015 at Open Space in Victoria.