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"A main element in "Bamburia" is the fascinating Spanish flamenco rhythm: the buleria. Basically, the buleria is a rhythm in 12-beats with the counting starting not on the 1st, but on the 11th beat. It is structured in a basic pattern with accents on the 12th, 3rd, 6th, 8th and 10th beat, like: 11-12-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10- etc. In Bamburia also a little more complex form is used: 11-12-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10- etc.

Through performing Bamburia we can learn and enjoy the buleria-rhythm. In the center part of the piece the flutists put their flute aside and perform the buleria-rhythm with clapping hands. In Spanish this is called 'palma'. A passionate flute solo - which can also be performed by one of the ensemble players - combines with the clapping to a fascinating sound. In case of a public performance the audience can participate in the clapping. The bass flute part can also be performed on flutes in C.

Bamburia was inspired by a composition with the same title which I composed for the Nakagawa Bamboo Orchestra in Fukuoka, Japan. This ensemble – directed with great enthousiasm by Matahiko Takeda – consists entirely of instruments made out of bamboo: bamboo xylophones, bamboo marimbas, giant bamboo end-hit tubes (maui), and of course bamboo flutes (shinobue). Inspired by this bamboo experience I made Bamburia for flute ensemble."

Special techniques used in the piece:
- tongue pizzicato
- breath attack

Difficulty guide: 8
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Flute
  • Part 3: Flute
  • Part 4: Flute
  • Part 5: Flute
  • Part 6: Flute
  • Part 7: Bass Flute or Flute
Category: Flute Choir Music: C Flutes only
Publisher: Zimmermann Frankfurt
Publisher's reference: ZM36030
Our Stock Code: 1350289
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts