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Murali for Solo Flute (2004)

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“A captivating piece for solo flute.”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

This is a lovely work by the Amercan composer Marilyn Bliss. Like most good pieces for solo flute it is underpinned by a tight structure which allows the rhythmic impetus and melodic invention to lead the audience through the narrative. Starting mysteriously the writing captures the mercurial spirit of Krishna before developing into a driving dance. This builds to a climactic top D flat before the coda briefly revisits the opening and then vanishes. This is a captivating piece and a great alternative to the more familiar works for solo flute.

From the Publisher

When asked by Nina Assimakopoulos to write a short piece for flute inspired by literature, my attention turned to the many depictions of Krishna playing the flute that one can see by strolling through the streets of my multicultural neighborhood of Jackson Heights in Queens, New York. Murali is the name of Krishna’s flute. In Hindu cosmology and tales, such as those set forth in Robert Calasso’s book Ka, Krishna plays his flute at the first full moon of autumn. It is a very alluring, seductive melody, and it calls to the female cowherds (the gopis), who are all in love with Krishna. At the sound of Krishna’s flute, they come out of their dwellings and dance, surrounding Krishna. The dancing becomes more and more fevered, when suddenly Krishna disappears before their eyes. Soon they once more hear the murali, from a location just beyond the horizon. Is he calling them, or taunting them? The gopis can never decide, but Krishna is always in their hearts. 

Performance duration (approx): 3'30''

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

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
Category: Solo Flute Repertoire
Publisher: American Composers Alliance
Publisher's reference: ACA-BLIS-001
Our Stock Code: 1456028
Media Type: Paperback (3 pages [score])

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