Praescio VI: (wir leben durch die Lieb' allein)
Flute & interactive system

Bruce Pennycook
Composition Date: 1992
Genre: Works with Electronics / Multi-Media, Solo Works, Woodwind(s)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute
  • 1 x Computer
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Programme Note:
This work was commissioned by Toronto flautist, Christine Little with the aid of the Canada Council for the Arts. The subtitle is from Scene 2 of the Magic Flute and, roughly translated, means - we live through love alone.
The piece is constructed in the form of a fantasia in which the amplified flute dominates rapidly changing textures presented by the computer system. As the work was commissioned during the Mozart bicentenniary year, I have borrowed certain acoustical images from recordings of The Magic Flute. The
references to the natural order of the world espoused by Mozart (a Masonic view) are extended in this work by direct use of concrete nature sounds. These materials are presented in relief to the predominantly aggressive rhythmic actions of the work. The two conflicting images, articulated by three descending semitones (like the famous Masonic chords) form the basis for the entire work.
Praescio-VI has been performed in Montreal, Ottawa, Mexico City, and San Jose, California. The composer wishes to thank Dales Stammen and Eric Johnstone for their invaluable contributions to the technologies employed in this piece. An unpublished recording was made at McGill University with
Christine Little, flute. This recording is available from the composer.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 9110 P416pr6
  • Genre:
  • Works with Electronics / Multi-Media, Solo Works, Woodwind(s)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • February 12, 2010
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (22 p.) ; 22 x 36 cm.
    22 Pages
    Height: 36 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • This work is the first of the Praescio series of interactive pieces to use hard disk recordings as a MIDI (hence performer) controlled audio element. It is also the first to utilize the composer’s invention, The MIDI Time Clip. This is a small MIDI device that permits the player to “see” commands from the
    computer in the form of a 6-character display and a large red bulb. In this piece, there are symbols to indicate the number of flashes and the tempo of these flashes before a new event (MIDI or audio) occurs. For more information see the Proceedings of the 1992 International Computer Music Conference.
    The piece was also the first in the series composed/programmed entirely with the Max MIDI programming language. Several key objects and patches were developed for this piece including a complete library of visual messages for the MIDI Time Clip.
    The composer is extremely grateful to Eric Johnstone – the designer, builder, and coder for the MIDI
    Time Clip, and to Dale Stammen for his assistance with all aspects of the Max software.
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