Echoes in the Wood
Composed by David DeBoor Canfield (2017)
For Solo Native American Flute
Published by JP Publications
Echoes in the Wood is the third work of a trilogy of compositions for Native American flute that David DeBoor Canfield has written for James Pellerite. Earlier, Canfield had written works for the instrument that employed orchestra and a chamber ensemble; now the composer sought to complement these with a work for the solo instrument, allowing its unique haunting quality to be on full display. The piece is cast in three short movements, the outer two being improvisatory with no regular metrical pulse. These flank an interior faster movement calling for a flute in a different key, where repeated notes and gestures predominate in an unrelenting fashion. Throughout the work, the composer has sought to portray the title through echo-like figures that emanenate from the wood of the flute, suggesting similar sounds that might be encountered in nature.
The outer two movements call for the F Sharp flute, however those in other keys, F, A, or B may be used. The “echoes” are indicated by circles above the notes (pianissimo); to maintain the intonation level for these notes when playing softly, altered fingerings are necessary. For this, one must recognize the tendencies and characteristics of each individual flute scale, and make proper adjustments accordingly for these soft responses.
To facilitate the rapid articulations in the accelerated groups, double tonguing is most desirable; syllables, tu-ku will ensure clarity.
The second movement, while written for the G flute may be played by others, as suggested for the outer movements. To preserve the short staccato for the repeated notes, apply the definitive articulation, tu-ku. However, the legato phrases that also require articulations are to be expressed using the softer syllable, doo.