Composed by Nicole Chamberlain
for Solo Alto Flute
Published by Spotted Rocket
Flexion was commissioned by Kelly Mollnow Wilson. Kelly Mollnow Wilson is a movement educator and Neurokinetic therapist, working with musicians to help them move and perform better. As a licensed Andover Educator, she teaches Body Mapping at Oberlin Conservatory and presents the course “What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body®.”
It only seemed appropriate to compose a piece with movement that reflects what the human body must endure on a daily basis. Flexion is a medical term used by physical therapists and doctors to describe bending, especially of a limb or joint. Joints can include arms, legs, head, and even the hand and fingers.
Ch, Ki, Shh, & 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.
Pitch Bending – Bend pitch up or down (in direction of the arrow) a quarter tone by playing flat or bending the pitch by rolling in the headjoint.
Foot Stomp – Using hard soled shoes, stomp foot solidly on a hard surface.
Timbral Trills – For this, use fingering indicated.