Savor the Flavor
Composed by Michael Coolen (b.1946)
for Flute Choir
Published by Alry Publications
Includes score and parts
Instrumentaion: 4 C flutes, alto flute, bass flute
This piece is based on a combination of Cuban salsa and the traditional rhumba. The first 22 measures use a fairly standard introduction that one would find being played on a piano. At measure 24, the meter changes to 3+3+2, and the music drives forward in a groove of interlocking parts, with moments of simultaneous half-step intervals which add a little “flavor” to the harmony. The feeling at measure 69 is both more relaxed and more “flirtatious.” At measure 93, there are a few measures of Prokofiev-like harmonies to add a little more pepper to the salsa. Prokofiev returns later, as well.
The piece relies on “getting the groove” and holding it. Players are encouraged to move to the groove as they are playing.
– Michael Coolen