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Raphael Mak: By the Waters, op. 15

By Raphael Mak

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Piano Solo - Digital Download
Composed by Raphael Mak. 21st Century, Contemporary Classical, New Age. 9 pages. Published by VicMusic (S0.316343).

Item Number: S0.316343

Raphael Mak
By the Waters, op. 15
for solo piano

My Concerto for Flute and Orchestra originated from a rising whole tone scale motif
popping up in my head on a usual day during my last year in secondary school. Then I
used my school hours and free time to draft the entire concerto and orchestrate it. As a
result of the use of whole tone scale, the concerto while remaining mainly tonal
contains many atonal excerpts, marking a departure from my earlier style, while
retaining pentatonicism at other moments.


The first movement starts with the orchestra proclaiming the rising whole tone scale
motif, after which the soloist enters. What follows are alternating excerpts of
concertino and tutti, during which the flute variously enters into dialogue, argument or
duet with the orchestral instruments. Although at times heavy, the mood is generally


The second movement is dominated by an idyllic motif, on which the main theme,
although at times chromatic, is almost free of whole tone scale. This, however, is
interrupted by the blatantly whole-tone episode, in which pizzicato strings give the
music a mischievous tone. The idyllic passage soon returns, intermingled with brief


The third movement returns to the rising whole tone scale motif with a blast. The
main theme is outwardly joyful and active. The episodes feature chamber music
texture and often return to the idyll or mischievousness of the second movement.

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