The Cat's Pajamas
Composed by Nicole Chamberlain
for Flute Quartet / Choir
Published by Spotted Rocket
Includes score and parts
The Cat's Pajamas was commissioned by flutist Rose Bishop for Cornell College's Flute Day. Bishop and Chamberlain met when reading Chamberlain's first flute quartet Tamar while Bishop was studying at Georgia State University in Atlanta. The pair have kept in touch over the years and finally found the opportunity to collaborate together with this commission. The 1960's jazz music influenced the style of this piece, and seemed fitting to title the piece after the beatnik slang which means really cool – never mind that Bishop is an avid cat lover.
Ch, Ki, Shh, Ts, and Za – 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.
Norm. – Return to “normal” or “traditional” flute playing.
Arrow pointing down or up – Bend pitch down or up (in direction of the arrow) a quarter tone by playing flat or bending the pitch by rolling in headjoint.