Ritornelli for Flute, Alto Flute and Bass Flute (2015) [Playing score(s)]
- Interesting, worth a look
Pan - Journal of the British Flute Society
This study for flute, alto flute, and bass flute would suit an advanced student trio and above. The rhythmic complexity of Ritornelli will provide ample challenge when putting the work together and a strong sense of ensemble pulse is clearly required to pull off the complex subdivisions and time signature changes. Each of the three flute parts is equally difficult, as the work explores a melodic idea that is continually interrupted by outbursts from the member of the trio not currently playing the main material. Ritornelli is characterised by short articulations which are combined with melodic slurred gestures and the correct execution of these across the trio is paramount to a successful performance. High in energy and full of contrast, this short trio would make a great addition to any flute trio’s repertoire and would be easily programmable due to its accessibility to the listener.
From the Publisher
This short study, loosely based on an earlier piece for solo piano from my set of 12, Allusions and distillations, explores a melodic idea continually interrupted by outbursts from the instrument absent from the homophonic texture. There are other reoccurring passages that also punctuate the melodic development, hence the title.
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).