Crash Out for Flute Choir by Nicole Chamberlain
Instrumentation: 4 c flutes, alto flute, bass flute
Score and parts
Crash Out was commissioned by Cindi Isenhower and dedicated to the Flute Adventures 2020 Campers. The piece was originally intended to be premiered during the 2020 Flute Adventures Camp, but the pandemic of the Covid-19 virus made that performance an impossibility.
Extended techniques used: Flutter tongue; Jet Whistle; Beat boxing style percussive syllables
This piece was composed in its entirety during the composer’s own lock down, and even though she enjoys the isolation she does enjoy getting outside and traveling. In the movie “High Sierra”, Humphrey Bogart’s character talks about almost going mad while confined in prison. He talks about the urge to crash out, bust out of jail, but is eventually granted pardon and dreams about a better life. Basically, to “crash out” means to escape confinement and to find freedom, to dream about better days ahead. That’s what this piece does, dreams about when we can all get together and make music again.