Mimics by Nicole Chamberlain
Instrumentation: 4 piccolos or 4c flutes
Score and parts
Extended Techniques: Flutter Tongue, Pizzicato
Mimics was commissioned by the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra, Paul Bhasin, Music Director. It is based on the original Mimic for two piccolos that was written for the Wilderness Act Performance Series in Atlanta, Georgia as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Wilderness Act of 1964. During the residency, the composer spent days exploring the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance’s nature preserves which included Hampton-Beecher Nature Preserve, Cascade Springs Nature Preserve, and Bush Mountain at the Outdoor Activity Center. There are an abundance of birds living in the parks which became the inspiration for this piece.
As a flutist and piccoloist, the composer spends quite a bit of time practicing. On nice days she practices with the windows open. It feels as though sometimes the birds respond to the piccolo. The idea blossomed into composing a piece of birds responding to each others calls. Mimics uses calls from the Eastern Towee, Tufted Titmouse, and the Brown Headed Nut-hatch to capture the spirit of the native Georgia birds responding to one another. Each musician is placed around the performance space in order to replicate a forest’s canopy.
Each musician should be placed spread out around the performance space. The parts do not need to line up precisely. There may be some delay. Use the fermatas as opportunities to wait and move forward together.