Mermaids-an aquatic portrait






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Mermaids: an aquatic portrait
Composed by Shane T. Sprankel
For Flute Choir
Published by Shane T Sprankel
Includes score and parts

Part 1: Piccolo
Part 2: C Flute
Part 3: C Flute
Part 4: C Flute
Part 5: C Flute
Part 6: C Flute
Part 7: Alto Flute
Part 8: Bass Flute
Part 9: Optional Contrabass Flute or Optional String Bass

      Mermaids: an aquatic portrait is an exploration of the seas through the eyes of three different mermaids. The piece begins with the full pod of mermaids swimming swiftly through the open sea with warbled sixteenth note patterms such as in measure 1-4. In measure 6, the layered buildup of running sixteenth notes gives the impression of the mermaids swimming up to the surface, only to then dive back into the water. The silent first two beats at letter A represent the mermaid Miriana momentarily in the air before splashing back into the water. Her theme begins at measure 12. The playful theme is of her racing with a dolphin through the waters. 
      At letter C, the scene changes to Grendella, who is collecting shells along the calm ocean floor. The contrapuntal cascading patterns take the listener deeper into the ocean toward the ocean floor. As the light gets dimmer, this is represented by the accidentals starting at measure 31 which changes the mood of the piece. The Grendella section is calmer, built upon an arpeggiated pentatonic scale. The bass flute melody gives this theme an ethereal quality.
      At letter F, we are introduced to Lillia. Starting at letter G, she is beset by fishermen who begin to chase her. The chase is represented by aggressive accented call and response. The contrapuntal layering of the opening is imitated here and builds suspense. Lillia's escape is represented by the layered whole tone passage in measures 84-86. The melody at letters H and I is Lillia taunting the fishermen, accompnnied by running sixteenth notes passed back and forth around the ensemble. 
      At letter J, Lillia calls for the other mermaids and they answer. At letter K, we start to see the mermaids coming from all over to regroup. There is a return of Miriana's theme at letter M once the pod is back together which drives to a joyous and energetic ending. 

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