Marionette for Flute and Piano (2008)
- Staff Pick
- Editor's Choice
This is a great piece of flute writing. Really bringing to life a puppet in search of freedom, a mixture of percussive sounds, contemporary flute techniques and a virtuoso outlook create a whirlwind of textures. The improvisation sections from both instruments add to this general feeling of mayhem. This is clearly some puppet and some struggle! If you have a great technique this will be brilliant!
From the Publisher
Originally commissioned by Wissam Boustany and premiered on 22nd May 2008 at St John's Smith Square, London with Aleksander Szram.
This marionette is someone who bites the strings to free himself from the constraints and doctrines of society, religious authority and all those who impose their beliefs on him for control. This piece depicts this struggle against these doctrines by the three 'Nos' one says in Lebanese dialect of Arabic, 'hu'hu, 'tut' and 'la" which is incorporated in the different contexts of the piece.
Includes improvisation sections.
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).