Mangosteen for Flute and Guitar by Nicole Chamberlain
Score and parts
Extended Techniques: Flute – Pizzicato, Jet Whistle
“Mangosteen” was Nicole Chamberlain’s first foray into composing for guitar and flute, a combination that she and Brian Luckett have explored since founding duo ATL in 2005. Chamberlain titled her work after a Southeast Asian fruit. She wanted to incorporate jazz influence into the work; growing up in Savannah, Johnny Mercer’s Tangerine was in her mind. The Mangosteen’s white fuzzy fruit, with its sweet flavor and pungent odor, became a focus for this work. Jazz influence is most notable in the rhythms-in Luckett’s words, “a little swing, a little stop time”. Extended flute techniques include a stretch of register, use of flutter tongue and a “jet whistle” at the piece’s beginning. A section Chamberlain describes as a “broken waltz” -that is, a waltz in quadruple time-features a guitar melody accompanied by multiphonics on the flute. The single-movement work presents two contrasting themes, one faster and one Chamberlain describes as “more like a torch song”. Luckett described the mood as “whimsical with dark touches here and there,” highlighted by unusual harmonies created when the two parts come together. Open chord voicings as well as a use of space and silence add to the overall effect.