Composed by Sophie Dufeutrelle
Published by Notissimo Editions
Includes score and parts
Cholita is a Bolivian folksong. This arrangement is for flute choir (4 parts), guitar(s), bass (bass flute, double bass, cello(s), bass guitar, marimbas, etc.) and two percussion parts (3 players). The most interesting way to perform it is to play these percussion parts on 'bombos', and if not, toms can be used if the resonance is removed. If only one bombo part is to be played, choose Bombo 2, the original part.
In all there are three sections: a chorale, slow and flexible; a section in which the flutes are played like Pan pipes (sound and breath sound) in alternation with normal sound, and a more rhythmically marked third section that is strongly structured by the percussion.
The tempo, slow for the chorale, speeds up notably in the second section and speeds up even more for each repeat of the third section. Overall this is a very lively, festive piece.
The piece can be performed by players from the end of the 1st cycle (4th/5th years) as long as they are surrounded by pupils from the 2nd and 3rd cycles (intermediate level). The rhythmic difficulties of the flute parts can be worked at by ear.