This submission investigates through performance the aesthetics of modernism and postmodernism in selected Australian flute music composed during the period from 1980 to 2000. The exegesis explores the hostilities between Australian composers of differing aesthetic disposition and looks at how the selected repertoire fits within the modernist-postmodernist spectrum. The performance challenges in the selected repertoire and the means by which the author addressed those challenges is discussed, as are the similarities and differences in the preparation and performance of music of the two aesthetic positions. The discussion draws on two recitals given by the author and associate artist Jamie Cock, piano, that were presented and recorded in Elder Hall, The University of Adelaide, on 4 August 2010 and 22 February 2011, which are included at the Appendix.Thesis (M.Mus.) -- University of Adelaide, Elder Conservatorium of School, 201
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