Composed by Gareth McLearnon
for Flute Choir
Published by www.garethmclearnon.com
Includes score and parts
Flute 1 (minimum 2 players)
Flute 2 (minimum 2 players)
Flute 3 (minimum 2 players)
Flute 4 (minimum 2 players)
Alto Flute (minimum 2 players)
Contra/Opt. Sub Contrabass Flutes
Additional (optional) sub-contrabass Flute parts are available to download free of charge on request – please contact Gareth directly through his website. This piece utilises some 'extended techniques'” Residual Tone, Explosive Articulation, Timbral Trills/Feathering, and Hot Trills!
Explosive Articulation and Residual Tone: Using an unformed, “speech position” embouchure, you 'say' or even 'shout' (but without using your voice) the syllable under the note played sending the air 'spraying' across the enbouchure hole and letting it resonate in the instrument. In this piece, the words utilised are varied: 'Sh', 'te', 'ke', 'keh', 'Cha!', 'Shah', and 'Tshhh'. By varying the air speed and volume, this technique has an excellent, wide dynamic spectrum.
Timbral Trills or Note Feathering: This technique involves fingering the notes specified – and then rapidly trilling the keys which have 'slashes' through them. This effect – alters the tone and timbre of the note microtonally – thereby creating an ethnic flute effect.
Hot Trills!: This is where both trill keys are FLICKED – bottom one first – as quickly as possible to create a short 'burble' or 'ripple' in the tone. The trill keys are barely open – and the action of bringing the keys away from the keys should actually be more active than the action of pressing the keys down.