Composer
SPITTAL
Title
Murmurations - a madrigal for flutes
Instrumentation
4c flutes, 2 alto flutes, 2 bass flutes (flute 1 doubles piccolo)
Publisher
Robert Spittal
Grade
4
Product Code
10S550002014

Murmurations - A Madrigal for Flutes composed by Robert Spittal
Writted for flute choir: 4 C flutes, 2 Alto flutes, and 2 Bass flutes (with 1st flute doubling Piccolo)
Includes score and parts

"Murmuration," is the aerial ballet displayed by large flocks of birds (starlings).  I've always been amazed by the synchronicity of murmuration, and its musical possibilities.  This excerpt from "The Startling Science of Starling Murmuration," by Brandon Keim describes some of the operations in a starling murmuration that I considered while writing this piece:

"Starling flocks, it turns out, are best described with equations of "critical transitions"- systems that are poised to tip, to be almost instantly and completely transformed, like metals becoming magnetized or liquid turning to gas.  Each starling in a flock is connected to every other.  When a flock turns in unison, it's a phase transition."


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