Duo for Two Flutists (2008)
I am always fascinated by the agility flutes can provide. In Duo for Two Flutists, the title with the word “flutists” enables me to also call for another kind of flute – piccolo, which is even more agile than the flute – with the different timbre, higher energy output and more airy sound on the low registers, the piccolo, to me, provides a more direct and almost shrill sound quality that is so unique, especially when it is played on the extreme high harmonics.
This piece is in an obscured rondo form with ideas overlapping the sections in order to hide the double barlines, and thus creates as seamless transitions as possible. All three of the octatonic scales are employed here to create this exotic yet idiosyncratic flute sound.
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