You Turkeys! : “turkey speak with double tongue”
Arranged by Richard Arnest
For Flute Choir
Pubilshed by Music Under Construction
Includes score and parts
Instrumentation: 6 C Flutes
An arrangement of “Turkey in the Straw”
I do not typically write arrangements to teach flute technique, but when I suddenly realized the similarity between 'turkey' and the common syllables used to express double tonguing I just had to do it. Playing this arrangement of Turkey in the straw will drill you (and five other flutists) in double tonguing at various speeds.
Then there is the wild turkey, always a favorite bird of mine. A flock of these birds lives in the woods behind our house. I have seen up to eighteen wandering around. They are quick to run or fly away at a slight sound (a useful adaptation for the largest game bird in the US, largely eliminated from the eastern US by the middle of the nineteenth century). I have seen them wander aimlessly. I have not seen any drown, looking up in a rainstorm but I have talked to those who have.