Composed by Kathleen Mayne
for Flute Choir
Published by Snowcrest Music Publishing
Includes score and parts
2 Piccolos (both doubling C Flute)
C Flutes 1, 2, and 3
G Alto Flutes 1 and 2
Bass Flutes 1 and 2 (ideally two basses on each part)
C Contrabass Flute (If possible two players, but one will work fine. This part is not optional.)
While attending the Minneapolis NFA Convention of 2017, Kathleen Mayne was approached by a couple of flutists from the Columbia, Maryland flute choir named Flute Cocktail. The ladies presented a business card of the group which featured this score's cover martini glass with a flute for the stem and an eighth note for the olive! The composer though this a very clever flute choir name and excellent art as logos go. This card resonated so much so that she approached the group a year later and asked if they'd like a musical score to feature their choir's name.
Now the funny thing is Kathleen had never had a cocktail in her life! It took her 54 years to finally taste beer! The thought of anything stronger than a Chardonnay was never of interest to her. But she has a good imagination and loves to compose programmatic music. But it was her good friend, Catrina, who decided some research was in order! So after a night at a fancy bar sipping one or two tastes from quite a variety of cocktails, the only one Kathleen remotely liked was the Cosmopolitan. Catrina enjoyed them all! But certainly not their effects the next day!!!
That being said, Ms. Mayne chose to compose her version of the essence of the following drinks:
Cosmopolitan: She imagines the iconic opening scene from the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany's” where Audrey Hepburn is window shopping at Tiffany's in her evening gown while eating a donut and drinking coffee. Merely substitute a vodka Cosmo for her coffee, add a second lady all dressed up, change the time of day to the hustle and bustle of mid-day New York, and you have two girls on the town having fun with Gershwinesque rhythms punctuating the melodies of the upper flutes and piccolos.
Manhattan: Visualizing the old South, old money, and old men smoking cigars sitting in rich, well worn leather chairs sipping their whiskey drink, this slow movement highlights the Contrabass Flute and lush harmonic chords of the lower flutes.
Margarita: This is probably the most popular party drink, thus she gave tequila the nod. When she learned this choir had two excellent piccolo players, she listened a full day to Mariachi music, learned its form and structure and Voila!; substitute the dueting trumpets of the band for two piccs of the flute choir, and margarita music was born!