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NoaNoa **Sheet Music Only**CD-Rom currently unavailable - information on electronics for Saariaho's pieces can be found at http://www.petals.org/Saariaho/Electronics.html
Composer: Kaija Saariaho, 1992Publisher: Chester MusicInstrumentation: Flute and Electronics (Flute, CD-ROM) Duration: 10 min.
Composer Notes : NoaNoa ('Fragrant') was born from the ideas that I had for flute while writing my ballet music "Maa". I wanted to write down, exaggerate, even abuse certain flute mannerisms that had been haunting me for some years, and thus force myself to move onto something new. Formally I experimentd with an idea of developing several elemants simultaneously - first sequentially, then superimposed on each other.
The title refers to a wood cut by Paul Gauguin called "NoaNoa". it also refers to a travel diary of the same name, written by Gauguin during his visit to Tahiti in 1891-93. The fragments of phrases selected for the voice part in the piece come from this book.
NoaNoa is also a team work. Many details in the flute part were worked out with flutist Camilla Hoitenga. The electronic part was developed under the supervision of Jean-Baptiste Barriere and programmed by Xavier Chabot.
Helpful performance guide to works of Kaija Saariaho by flutist Camilla Hoitenga http://hoitenga.com/site/flute-music-of-kaija-saariaho/