DRAGONFLY by Doina Rotaru
For piccolo solo
This video was recorded by Dave Alcorn - Microtone Media
Rotaru had two basic ideas as a frame for this work: the piece needed to have a connection with nature, as well as avoid the high register of the instrument. These components give Dragon-Fly a unique sonority. To create a complex sonorous universe, Rotaru uses different extended flute techniques, separately and in combination. Unusual usage of the low and middle range of the instrument shows the composer’s impeccable sense for picturesque writing, perfectly sound-painting this delicate insect. By listening to this piece, one can create a short story about the day in the life of a dragonfly, from the fast trilling of the opening (suggesting the insect’s hectic flight and rapid approach), to the very last note played with bisbigliandi, creating a picture of the motionless insect with its wings barely moving on a summer breeze. The contrast between movement and rest is the main concept of this piece.
ONLY THE WORDS THEMSELVES MEAN WHAT THEY SAY by Kate Soper
For flute (concert, piccolo, bass) and voice
JAPANESE GARDEN by Doina Rotaru
For bass flute/piccolo and pre-recorded sound
A word from the composer:
A Japanese Garden means a lot of rules which exist from centuries. Many archetyps are repeated here, in this synthesis between Natural beauty, “form without form “, and the Rationality, the perfect form. A Japanese Garden means also spiritual elevation; I put it in connection with the Flute, the old instrument of Prayer and Meditation. Around the Flute, on the “tape “ part, I’ve built an imaginary “garden “ of wind and percussion instruments sonorities: flutes, shakuhachi, sho, didgeridoo, Japanese “rins.”
DREAMS OF BIRDS by Jenni Brandon
For alto flute and piano
The Dreams of Birds explores the world of what birds might dream. Would they dream of running, of flying to the sun? Would they dream of being human?
TOCCATA by J.S. Bach
My entry for the Trevor James Flutes alto flute competition. What does the flute mean to me? For me, the flute fills the world with color! This was super fun project, thank you Dave Alcorn
IL PIANTO DEL GHIACCIO by Doina Rotaru
A sneak peek of my upcoming album Cries and Whispers - Works for flute by Doina Rotaru! This is one of the best flute quartets I have heard in my life, and I feel so privileged that my recording will be the first one ever!
LE MERLE NOIR by Olivier Messiaen
Messian composed Le merle noir (“the blackbird”) for the annual flute concours in 1952, and this short, single-movement work for flute and piano is the first of Messiaen’s compositions to imitate the song of a one specific bird species.
MÉMORIALE (... explosante-fixe ... originel)
by Pierre Boulez
Initially conceived in 1971 as a memorial for Igor Stravinsky, who died in April of that year, Boulez composed several different versions of the work between 1972 and 1993. The original line of music gravitated toward the pitch of E-flat (spelled out, per convention, as “Es” = the first letter of Stravinsky’s name). From the start Boulez planned a central role for flute, which would interact with live electronics and a chamber ensemble. However, the technological limitations of the early 1970s proved so frustrating that he put the initial version of …explosante-fixe… aside for the time being.
FANTASY for Flute and Orchestra by George Hüe
Iva Ugrčić's solo performance as the Winner of the Miami Summer Music Festival Concerto Competition 2015.
ELEVEN for flute and piano by Cecilia McDowall
Eleven is a piece that has very personal meaning to me. It was written during troubling times in former Yugoslavia, where I was born and raised. McDowall states: “I became obsessed with what happens to a culture when it is dispersed due to war. ‘Eleven’ means ‘alive’ in Hungarian, and I dedicated it to all those in danger of losing their cultural identity, in the hope that they can keep their cultural ‘voice’ alive.”
McDowall uses ethnic religious music of Eastern Europe in a powerful form to depict the suffering of Kosovo in the late 20th Century. Techniques such as glissandi are used in the flute part to mimic the sounds of a woman’s cries caused by a deep sadness of losing loved ones.