I Monti Pallidi (The Pale Mountains)
Composed in 1993 by Emilio Galante
Written for Flute Choir; 2 Piccolo, 2 C flutes, 2 Alto flutes, 2 Bass flutes
Published by Falls House Press
Includes score and parts
“I Monti Pallidi” was commissioned and performed by the Japanese flute ensemble Piacere in Tokyo on November 3, 1993. The piece was first written for two flutes in F, two flutes in C, two flutes in G, bass flute and contrabass flute. The Italian (American born) flutist Marlaena Kessick asked for a new version for two piccolos, two flutes in C, two flutes in G and two bass flutes, and played it with his flute choir several times in December 1993 in Italy. On January 7, 1994, he conducted the piece in concert at the Paris Conservatoire (La Villette) with the Artaud flute choir.
“I Monti Pallidi” means “The Pale Mountains.” It was the ancient name of the Dolomiti, a mountain chain in the Alps, made of calcareous rock, very particular for their pale color that becomes pink at sunset.