Composed by Matt Doran
for Flute Choir
Published by Alry Publications
Includes score and parts
A major work in three movements: Allegro, Theme and Variations, Scherzo. Each is challenging and musically rewarding.
Alto Flute 1
Alto Flute 2
Floctet represents the pinnacle of my works for multiple flutes. I have composed solo pieces, duets, trios, quartets, a quintet, and a sextet for flutes. But, as they say, “Eight is enough.” There are three movements. The first is marked allegro. It features swirling sixteenth-note figures tossed from two piccolos and flutes to alto flutes and bass flute. The first section ends with an ascending “pyramid” leading to a new figure with a dotted rhythm. This later supports a fugato passage which, in turn, brings the movement to a thrilling finish, double forte.
The second movement is in the form of theme and variations. The theme is in parallel chords for all the flutes. The variations include a bass flute solo, interplay between first and second flutes, a variation in triplets, a “free” variation, in which the intervals of the theme are stretched, and a final variation, which presents the theme in widely spaced octaves, with sixteenth notes filling in the middle. The movement ends as it began – in parallel chords.
The last movement is a sprightly scherzo. Triplet eights are featured, leading to a second theme characterized by widely spaced octaves (again!), and supported by trilling figures. After a short episode, the first theme reappears, is then followed by the second theme, then the first idea returns double forte and hurtles to a loud, fiery finish!