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Hyperlodic Interpretations (2003)

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  • Staff Pick

Staff Pick

“Short and good!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

This short piece (three and a half minutes) is unusual as it isn't often that contemporary music seems approachable to players who do not generally feel at home in the genre. The performance directions are clear and all the modern techniques work. Yes the rhythms will challenge and it is still difficult to really feel at home here but the overall result is worth the effort. Gentle and soothing melodies are in short supply with the emphasis on rhythmic energy and tonal variety. It's really good - try it for yourself and see!

Our Description

Performance Note:

The music of saxophonist, flautist & bass clarinettist, Eric Dolphy was a huge influence on my early work both as a composer and as a performer. This short piece for alto flute - an instrument Dolphy did not play but yet seems to somehow embody the instruments he did - is a homage, of sorts, to him. Much of the material is based on his improvisational language while a few of his compositions (Gazzeloni, Something Sweet Something Tender) creep into the music from time to time. The opening introduction is based on the first solo passage he played on his last ever concert (immortalised on the album Last Date) just days before his untimely death in 1964.


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

Item Details


  • Part 1: Alto Flute
Category: Unaccompanied Alto Flute Music
Publisher: Tetractys Publishing
Publisher's reference: TTYS1351222/1
Our Stock Code: 1327519
Media Type: Paperback (3 pages [score])

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