Composed by Anze Rozman
for Flute Choir
Published by Alry Publications
Includes score and parts
Act I: Beauty and Athena's Curse
Act II: The Beast and the Battle of Perseus
Flute 2 (and Piccolo)
Flute 3 (Buzzing Headjoint, Schnarrkopf-Flote (Optional))
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Quintessenz Leipziger Querflötenensemble, composer Anže Rozman was commissioned to write a piece based on the ancient Greek legend of Medusa. Ancient Greece is known for its epic poems and its poets who would recite or sing the poems with musical accompaniment. So in this version of Medusa, you are the storyteller reciting your version of this ancient myth. He aimed to create an atmosphere that would immediately sound like music from another time. Various techniques are used throughout, including bamboo tones (alternate fingerings), multiphonics, harmonics, tongue pizzicato and even a buzzing headjoint (optional).
Program Notes by Anze Rozman:
In early 2015, I was very happy to have been approached by the Quintessenz Leipziger Querflotenensemble to write a new piece for them for their upcoming album. They suggested I write a composition based on the ancient Greek legend of Medusa. Since I have written quite a lot of flute ensemble works so far, I wanted to try out new sounds that would make this flute quintet sound unique and that would be able to mimic the sounds of ancient Greece. The introduction of the first movement of the piece transports the listener into a different era. I wanted to create an atmosphere that would immmediately sound like music from another time. I was inspired by the recreations of ancient Greek instruments such as the aulos, that is in this piece mimicked by the alto flute and third flute with buzz joint. Also, bamboo tones are used to imitate Syrinx. Other parts of the piece also imitate various percussive instruments.
As there are numerous verisons of the Medusa myth, I hope there will also be numerous interpretations of my piece. I encourage you to do your own research on the myth and interpret the piece according to your viewing of the story. Ancient Greece is known for its epic poems and its poets who would recite or sing the poems with musical accompaniment. In my version of Medusa, you are the storyteller reciting your version of this ancient myth.
I hope you will enjoy performing this piece as much as I did composing it!