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Abaafa Luli

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“Expand Your Repertoire ”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]
It's not often that African music is transcribed for wind quintet and this piece is really interesting. Written for an American group to perform on their visit to Africa, the title actually means 'They Who Died Then' and is in a sort of minimalist style. Rhythmic repetition is a vital element and all players double on maracas to reinforce this. Whilst not being a huge technical challenge in the traditional sense Abaafa Luli will certainly stretch ensemble skills as the unfamiliar rhythms make their mark. There are ample performance instructions to help you on your way. This is a really good piece for expanding the repertoire and showing that the humble wind quintet can play challenging works.

From the Publisher

One of Africa’s leading contemporary composers, Uganda’s Justinian Tamusuza considers this to be his best work, incorporating traditional African folk elements, minimalist techniques, polyrhythms and unique instrumentation with specific performance instructions to simulate a troupe of African musicians. The first section of this challenging work is Okwanjula Kw’ Endere (Introduction of the Flute) – a dramatic 7 minute solo flute soliloquy, may be performed separately as a solo piece. For complete piece, see Ekivvulu Ky’ Endere for flute, viola, harp, marimba and maracas.

Difficulty guide: 7-8
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Item Details

Category: Music for Wind Quintet
Publisher: International Opus
Publisher's reference: WW5-9505
Our Stock Code: 1147506
Media Type: Paperback