“A lovely flute ensemble piece!”
This is actually scored for solo flute, flute, alto flute, bass flute, contrabass flute and conga but it can be played entirely by C flutes and the conga replaced by any small drum. There is also a part for 'random voices' which, it is suggested, be taken by the audience. Even without this, the piece is extremely effective. Based on a simple jazz-like rhythmic figure, the haunting melody builds and becomes more intense to the end. The Japanese influence is unmistakable and the percussion adds an extra dimension to the scoring. You really need a conductor if you are using audience participation but it does work well without. This is a really beautiful and unusual piece, so do try it.
Voices of Nagasaki is part of Offermans' music project Dejima Suite, co-initiated by Kôfuku-ji temple, Nagasaki on the occasion of the 400 years relationship between Holland and Japan. The city of Nagasaki, which is located in the south of Japan, has a long history of intercultural activities. The piece is inspired by this history and reflects the beauty of the city and the surrounding nature. The "random voices" imagine the voices of the past, expressing pleasure, fear, love, and the human life in general.
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).