“Minimalism for five flutes!”
This is an interesting work in which motivic fragments are passed round between the players, expanding as they go, to form an exciting cresendo to the end. There is a brief moment of repose in the middle but it's short-lived.. The group will need good rhythmic and ensemble skills are to succesfully hold the piece together but it's great fun in the end! It makes a very good contrast in a concert.
Snowbreak is an interesting piece both from a rhythmic and tonal point of view in which technical challenge and fun form a successful union. In lieu of a preface, a quote from Hermann Hesse's poem STUFEN (=steps) precedes this piece.
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).