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Asphyxia for Solo Flute

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“Not for the faint-hearted!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

This is a very good piece. Taking her cue from Robert Dick, Ian Clarke and Greg Patillo, Nicole Chamberlain has found her own language and style. A vast range of  contemporary techniques are used in this virtuoso piece and the rapidity with which they arrive on the page is breathtaking. Hence the title. It's structured well too, opening with an energetic Allegro before a central free section uses multiphonics, foot stomps and changes of tempo to add contrast. The ending is both rhythmic and dramatic. Definitely not for the faint-hearted!

From the Publisher

Asphyxia was commissioned by the Oklahoma Flute Society for the final round of the 2016 Collegiate Competition on April 1, 2016 at the University of Oklahoma at the Oklahoma Flute Society Flute Fair.

Winner of the National Flute Association's 2017 Newly Published Music Competition in the Solo Flute Category

Honorable Mention for Flute New Music Consortium's 2016 Composition Competition in the solo category.

The word asphyxia is a medical term for a person's inability to breathe and lack of oxygen in the body. The symptoms of asphyxia can be light headedness or dizziness. Playing the flute is an instrument that requires plenty of air supplied by the performer. Many young flutists will complain about being dizzy when first learning to play the flute, but after a few weeks the young flutist adjust to the new demands and the dizziness subsides. A verteran flutist will seldom experience dizziness. However, when relentless extended techniques are added, new athletic demands can bring the most experienced to gasp for air.

Extended techniques:

  • Jet whistle
  • Ch, Ki, So, Sha, Za
  • Wide vibrato pulse
  • Pitch bends
  • Foot stomp

Performance duration (approx): 6'

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

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
Category: Solo Flute Repertoire
Publisher: Spotted Rocket Publishing
Our Stock Code: 1455427
Media Type: Paperback (8 pages [score])