Tangente Au Yanvalou for Flute and Piano by Julio Racine
Spiral-bound piano score and flute part
“Yanvalou” is a rhythm and dance of Haitian Vodou. Named after its associated movements, Yanvalou may be interpreted to mean supplication. The serpentine movement is said to imitate the movement of Damballah (the lwa associated with the snake) through the undulating experience of the dancer.
Julio Racine (1945-2020) was a Haitian flutist, conductor, and composer. He studied at the National Conservatory of Haiti and the University of Louisville School of Music. After his studies, he returned to Haiti where he became Professor of Flute and Conductor of the Holy Trinity Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestre Philharmonique Sainte Trinité).