Saturday, July 23, 2005
T R K s - now available in UK & USA
An individual and dramatic piece….sort of, but not, Pink Floyd for flute. A studio track that can be played live with the CD. The track features processed flutes, guitars, samples and drums. The music comes with a CD performance backing track as well a full version. It uses some extended techniques. Pre-publication performances cross three continents.
'Within...' now available in UK and USA
A unique evocative work with featured moments in all parts. Accessible extended techniques employed to give a powerful and extraordinary voice ….. a new experience!
The first performance in the USA will be at the 2005 NFA International Flute Convention in San Diego with Ian Clarke, Wissam Boustany, Hitomi Furukawa, William Bennett, Taka Masuda, Denis Bouriakov and Trevor Wye.
Versions not yet published although under consideration!
Flute & CD version: Although composed for 7 flute players, the first performance of this work was done with an adapted solo flute part and CD. The solo part takes most of the featured parts from the score on flute, piccolo & alto flute (inc. a bass flute solo transposed for alto). It may prove more practical to perform in some situations i.e. where it is difficult to rehearse 7 good flute players or to get hold of a bass flute or possibly for a solo concert.
Solo flute & flute choir version: This would be like the flute & CD version of the work but instead of the CD there would be 6 accompanying parts with one soloist taking the majority of the solo moments. This would reduce some technical challenges for the choir parts whilst allowing one player to be more featured and would, of course, be completely acoustic.
For anybody is interested in this please then perhaps leave a comment or send an email.
Sunstreams & Sunday Morning
Two pieces of moderate tempo and difficulty. Sunstreams is of approximately grade 6/7 standard with accessible appeal. Its range is D 1st octave to A third octave. The showy more technical middle section lies under the fingers so is one of those ‘easier than it looks’ passages. No extended techniques are used. ‘Sunday Morning’ is a little more difficult at approximately grade7; grade 8 if the optional 8va is taken since it ventures to 4th octave Db. Timbral trills are employed for which fingerings are shown.
The Mad Hatter
Normal .. but .......well..... a little mad!!!! Quick and playful throughout ‘The Mad Hatter’ makes extensive use of whole tone, chromatic and diminished scales. No extended techniques, open-holes or B foots are required. The piano part is of moderate difficulty. This piece requires a good conventional technique with clean accurate finger work and a real sense of rhythm and fun.
A beautifully dreamy and accessible piece using a few note bends. A good double-tonguing workout for each part with both lines sharing the soaring melody. Apart from the expressive use of open holes the parts proceed with alternating arching melodies and bubbling semi-quaver passages.
The 2nd edition is now going into print. It has a clearer type face and includes some minor additions including some new breath markings.
Walk Like This!
This ensemble piece for concert flutes that is to be played with a sense of fun and attitude!!! It aims to be relatively straightforward to put together and yet contain new challenges for the majority of players. All parts contain easily accessible extended techniques which I appreciate may seem a little formidable at first, even to experienced players. However, they are great fun and, with a little practice, will soon begin to fall into place.
It is written for a range of playing standards which are outlined below. Due to the nature of the piece an advanced player can have fun and a challenge playing parts other than ‘flute 1’. The grade standard is a guide only and based on a relatively short practice period compared to an exam piece.
Part 1 - Grade 6 + range up to top B Part 2 - Grade 4 - 5 with a range up to top G
Part 3 - Grade 2 - 3 range up to top Eb (3rd 8ve) Part 4 - Grade 1 - 2 range from low D to G (2nd 8ve)
This piece was originally commissioned by Flutewise for use on the third Project Flutewise tour.