Walking unscathed out of a plane crash
Composed by Colin Tommis
For solo flute
Published by Friedrich Hofmeister Musikverlag
“Bibiche, a flautist I thought the world of, walked out of our relationship and into another. Some weeks later, she returned and she described the happiness of us being back together as like “walking unscathed out of a plane crash”. I wrote these pieces as a declaration of my love for her. The story did not have such a happy ending, because she left again. A relationship can end, but love can be eternal.
With these pieces, I hoped to leave a little bit of “me” with her, which she might return to from time to time. The four movements are published in the chronological order of writing. Although the flute is a monophonic instrument, there are moments where the conception is more contrapuntal. Part 1 is playful and happy in character – but challenging for the player; the higher registers should not sound any more onerous than the more accessible passages. Part 2, at a slower tempo, uses the same opening motif of the first part, but now the melody develops, becoming more wistful and reflective. Part 3 has an A1, B, A2 structure. Part 4 is a ternary homage to the woman I was introduced to in a folk club, where she was a player of celic tunes on a wooden flute. It compromises two simple melodies, the second central one being set in the tonic minor key.
I hope she plays them sometimes…” — Colin Tommis