Composed by Ian Clarke
for Flute Quintet or Flute Choir
Published by Just Flutes
Includes score and parts
Commissioned by the Quintessenz Flute Ensemble (Leipzig) and the Chicago Flute Club, the title is a gateway or clue to many possible underlying imaginative worlds of the piece; a world of S p e l l s! Although “Spells” uses contemporary extended techniques, they are restricted to jet whistles, tongue rams and residual tones. Alternative lines and parts for less advanced players helps to make this piece more accomodating to a broader range of ensembles.
“Spells” can be performed using the advanced (upper) or intermediate (lower) options only or by using a combination of both. The parts only split onto a double stave when necessary. Single or balanced number of multiple players per part may be used.
On first sight the intermediate part might be reasonably viewed by many to be advanced, and the advanced part to be virtuosic. As the techniques and patterns become more familiar, many passages are likely to become more approachable than they might at first seem.