Interieur for Solo Flute by Florentine Mulsant
For Solo Alto Flute/C Flute/Piccolo/Bass Flute – 1 Player
Duration: c. 4:00
See sample page for extended techniques required.
This is a piece for a virtuoso, which could be compared to traditional North African music: slow unwinding of the melody, meditative nature, ample and barely perceptible melodic developments, usage of micro-intervals and chiefly work on the breath, which is used in the composition as a material, in the same way as the music writing itself. The breath is enlarged, broken, made iridescent, and developed in it’s many possibilities of amplitude. The incessant undulation of the timbres of the various flutes was inspired by the painting <Interiors> from Nicholas de Stael, and reflects the movement of the colors of the painting.
The musical style of French composer Florentine Mulsant (b.1962) derives from two marked sources: the post-serial heritage which influenced the European composers in the 1950’s, and the revival of musical expressionism which is more and more vivid among today’s composers. Mulsant studied at the Conservatoire Superieur de Musique de Paris, and obtained her Premier Prix in Composition at Schola Cantorum in Paris. Since 1991 Mulsant has been a professor of composition at University Paris IV-Sorbonne.