Five Lyrics for Flute and Piano
- Staff Pick
“Beautiful contemporary music!”
This five short vignettes are evocatively written, using the flute to maximum effect. Each one is preceded by a snippet of poetry which sets the scene. Krzywicki then uses a mixture of speed, rhythmic complexity and instrumental colour to paint the picture There are plenty of techniques to master, including flutter tonguing, harmonics, timbral trills, multiphonics and playing into the piano but they are all written within a musical framework. The end result is a sensitive portrayal of birds in Haiku. Lovely!
From the Publisher
Krzywicki uses haiku-like poems by W. S. Merwin and authentic haiku by the great Japanese poet Basho to create five evocative movements, each descriptive of a bird(s) in nature at a particular time of day, the succession creating a dawn-to-moonlight cycle. While not directly quoting a given bird's song, hints can be heard throughout. Master flutist Jeffrey Khaner, who premiered the work in Philadelphia, has recorded it on the all-Krzywicki "Alchemy" CD (Albany Records). Listen to snippets on Amazon.com. For advanced performers.
Performance duration (approx): 17'00
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).
- Evocatively, flexibly
- Crotchet = 60