Albisiphonics for Bass Flute and Piano
- Staff Pick
“Unexpected music for bass flute”
This piece is worth buying for the last movement alone! 'Shades Make the Musician' has a funky 3+2+2 rhythm which somehow seems rather unexpected on a bass flute! It's great though and so much fun to play!! This rhythm is also the basis for 'Early Morning Departure' which swings along effectively. 'First Star' is more lyrical and 'The Unfettered Mind' takes us into a dream world where the bass flute and piano work together to create the elusive textures. Other than flutter tonguing there are no great contemporary technique challenges here. The music looks approachable on the page and is easy on the ear. This really is unexpected and so very welcome!
From the Publisher
Albisiphonics is a piece for bass flute and piano written for Peter Sheridan on the occasion of his acquiring an Albisiphon Baritono. This rare flute was manufactured c. 1920 and was designed by Albelardo Ernesto Albisi (1872-1938), who from 1897 was the principal flutist for La Scala in Milan, Italy. In 1910, Albisi designed a family of such instruments with varying ranges. The Albisiphon Baritono, having essentially the same range as the modern bass flute, including a B foot, is an upright instrument with a T-shaped head and a large bore. Albisiphonics celebrates all three octaves of the modern bass flute and features many of its moods: the unapologetically-romantic and lyrical, the brash with its staccato syncopations, the contemplative, the tender, the exuberant and the euphoric.
Performance duration (approx): 11'00
- Early Morning Departure.
- First Star,
- The Unfettered Mind,
- Shades Make the Musician.