Composed by Nicole Chamberlain
Text by Edward Lear
for Flute and Soprano
Published by Spotted Rocket
Includes two playing scores
Nonsense was composed for Dr. Hillary LaBonte and Dr. Mary Matthews. The piece uses the text found in Book of Nonsense by Edward Lear (1812-1888). The limericks are silly, whimsical, crazy, strange, fun and should not be taken seriously. There's enough of that.
Voice Extended Techniques:
Ch, Shh, & Ts – In a “beat boxing” style, use these syllables as articulation for the pitch indicated in the notation. Produce more of a percussive sound than pitch, mimicking the flute.
Pitch bending – Bend pitch down (in direction of the arrow) a quarter tone.
Flute Extended Techniques:
Jet whistle – Finger the pitch indicated in the notation. Cover the embouchure hole completely with the lips. Blow using an extreme force of air.
Boo, Ch, Shh, & Ts – In a “beat boxing” style, use these syllables as articulation for the pitch indicated in the notation. This will not produce a full tone, but more of a breathy percussive effect.
Pitch bending – Bend pitch down (in direction of the arrow) a quarter tone by playing flat or bending the pitch by rolling in the headjoint.
Headjoint Only – In movement 4, the flutist should take apart the flute and use only the headjoint. The numbers below the notes represent the position of the index finger of the right hand inside the tube of the headjoint. The higher the number the more of the finger should be inside the headjoint in order to produce the correct pitch (as close as practical). “Stopped” means place palm of right hand against the open end of the headjoint to block the opening and create the corresponding pitch. To trill, in measure 8, slide finger back and forth between the two positions indicated below the note. The glissandi, in measure 13 and 14, indicated the sliding of the finger between the two pitches.