Title Katia Tiutiunnik: Una Notte Sacra (2006/2015)
Instrumentation Bass flute or Contrabass flute
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About the Work

Program note by the composer:

Una Notte Sacra (Italian for "A Sacred Night") for bass flute or contrabass flute is loosely based upon my previous composition, White Night for solo viola, which, in turn, is a transcription of the final piece of my cycle Who is like God?: A Cycle of Four Works For Violoncello. All three compositions comprise originally composed melodies reminiscent of Jewish music of the Eastern European ("Ashkenazi") tradition. These melodies were directly inspired by various transcendent states of ecstasy I experienced during the many "White Nights" (Beliye Nochi) I spent on the rivers and canals of Saint Petersburg, Russia during my sojourn there in June 2006. (The nature of the "White Nights" can be explained by the geographical location of Saint Petersburg, which is located at 59 degrees 57' north. Due to such high latitude the sun does not appear to sink below the horizon deep enough for any darkness to occur.) It was while surrendering to one these mystical states - brought on, largely, by the sublime beauty of Saint-Petersburg enshrined, like a precious jewel, in the white summer night - that the melody of White Night came to me. It was at that point that I felt closest to God.

Una Notte Sacra is dedicated to Vilma Campitelli, Alice Bennett and Iwona Glinka. The contrabass flute version of the work is dedicated to Roberto Fabbriciani.

About the Composer

Katia Tiutiunnik is a composer and scholar who has mastered several languages as an adjunct to her research. Tiutiunnik was the first Australian composer to be appointed visiting scholar at Columbia University, New York. She was also the first Australian to complete a residency at Charles Morrow Productions, New York, where she composed a work for three-dimensional soundcube, presented in Cologne, in November 2005. Most recently, she was a Senior Lecturer in Composition at the Faculty of Music, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia, from March 2012 until April 2016 (after which she declined the offer of a futher extension to her contract there) and an Honorary Research Associate at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Univesity of Sydney, from June 2010 until June 2016. During the latter half of 2016, Tiutiunnik was appointed Professor of Music at SIAS International University, Xinzheng, Zhengzhou, Henan, China.

Tiutiunnik has been awarded numerous international travel grants, commissions and other sponsorship from the government and private sectors. Tiutiunnik earned her PhD from the Australian National University and was awarded the highest Italian postgraduate diploma from the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, where she studied with Franco Donatoni. She obtained her BMus from Sydney Conservatorium, where she was awarded all three of their composition prizes. In December 2009, Tiutiunnik's PhD dissertation was published and released internationally. Besides Franco Donatoni, Tiutiunnik's former composition teachers include Michael Smetanin, Larry Sitsky, Gillian Whitehead, Bozidar Kos and Richard Toop.

In March 2007, Tiutiunnik was invited to Saint Petersburg as part of festivities held in celebration of two hundred years of business relations between Australia and Russia. Prominent Russian musicians, including the Rimsky-Korsakov Quartet of Saint Petersburg and pianist Anna Shpagina, performed Tiutiunnik's works in a concert held in the Palace of the Saint Petersburg Composers' Society, as part of those festivities. (Tiutiunnik also performed the viola during the concert.) Tiutiunnik also lectured at the Saint-Petersburg Conservatory of Music and was interviewed by Radio Maria. Tiutiunnik's travel to this event was funded by a sponsor and her concert and reception were sponsored by the Australian Embassy in Moscow, the Honorary Australian Consul in Saint Petersburg and others.

Tiutiunnik's music has been performed in Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Germany, Greece, Italy, Jordan (including a historical performance of a symphonic poem dedicated to Queen Noor of Jordan, in September 1999 as part of the 28th General Assembly of the International Music Council), Malaysia, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Thailand the UK and the USA. Tiutiunnik has lectured worldwide and her works are held in important international libraries, including the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.

Presentations on Tiutiunnik's music have been given by Professor James Bicigo (of the University of Alaska Fairbanks), in Australia and the USA. Tiutiunnik's music has also been used for theatrical productions in Australia, the UK and the USA. Commercial CD recordings of her work include those by Laura Chislett, Stephanie McCallum and Borealis Brass of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Forty live and studio recordings of her worked are commercially published by Alexander Street Press, as are over thirty five of her scores. Other publishers include TauKay Edizioni Musicali (TEM), Italy and Charles Morrow Productions.

In December 2009, the historic 'Borealis in Australis' tour featured over ten Australian performances of Tiutiunnik's compositions, by Borealis Brass of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Borealis Brass also completed a historic tour of Tanjung Malim, Shah Alam and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as a guest of the Faculty of Music, Universiti Teknologi MARA (where Tiutiunnik is a Senior Lecturer in Composition), Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris UPSI) and Yamaha, Malaysia.

Tiutiunnik's music continues to be broadcast internationally and performed by numerous international artists, including Iwona Glinka, Bridges Collective, Elizabeth Reid, Roberto Fabbriciani, Vilma Campitelli and her ensemble, Luis Casal, Emille Blondel, Borealis Brass of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Pemi Paull, Merietta Oviatt, Alice Bennett, Laila Engle, Peter Sheridan, Arya BastaninEzhad, Jane Bishop, John Sharpley, Akiko Otao, Kalin Yong, Roger Vigulf and others. Tiutiunnik has also performed as a violist at LASALLE College, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, UPSI, the Russian Centre for Science and Culture, Kuala Lumpur and elsewhere.


Listen to a performance of the work by Iwona Glinka, bass flute:

Catalog Info #ALEA1155a: Bass flute
#ALEA1155b: Contrabass flute
Solo score: 2 pages, single sheet