Composed by Nicole Chamberlain
for Contrabass Flute
Published by Spotted Rocket
About the Piece:
Imperial Topaz was commissioned by Beth Devlin for her husband, Jay Devlin. Imperial topaz is the gemstone for the 23rd anniversary which the couple celebrated in 2018, when the piece was completed. The color of imperial topaz has been described as the color of the sun at sunset. In the 17th century, Russian tsars claimed exclusive rights to the gemstones mined in Russia which resulted in the gem being named imperial topaz.
The piece is intended to be performed on contrabass flute, but could easily be performed on any of the low flutes or even the C flute.
ts & ch – 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.
norm. – Return to “normal” or “traditional” flute playing.
key clicks – Press the keys of the pitch indication while holding flute against chin, without blowing. Results in percussive sound produced by the keys alone. Indicated with an x notehead.