Composed by Nicole Chamberlain
for Two Flutes and Cello
Published by Spotted Rocket
Includes score and parts
Capsaicin was commissioned by flutist Kiku Ichihara, flutist Sonya Alexander, and cellist Lee Cortina. The trio had played the composer's works Trajectory and Stridulation and wanted another piece to enrich the rare instrumentation's repertoire.
In botany, capsaicin is the part of the chili pepper that gives the addictive spicy burning sensation. Like in this piece, sometimes there is a slow burn effect that can build then linger when eating a spicy dish.
Jet whistle – Finger the pitch indicated in the notation. Cover the enbouchure hole completely with the lips. Blow using an extreme force of air.
Boo, Ch, and Ki – In a “beat boxing” style, use these syllables as articulation for the pitch indicated in the notation. This will not produce a full tone, but more of a breathy percussive effect.
Arrow curving downwards – Bend pitch down a quarter tone by playing flat or bending the pitch by rolling in headjoint over total duration.
norm. – Return to “normal” or “traditional” flute playing.
Knock – Find the best audible and resonate spot on the body of the cello to knock or slap. Or try other options. For example, a foot stomp on a hardwood floor or wooden box.