“Easier Ian Clarke”
also available: Spiral Lament
Ian Clarke has produced another two gems to add to his already impressive catalogue of flute music. Both of these pieces are of a more approachable playing level than previous works and are a great way to introduce contemporary techniques to a younger audience. Spiral Lament (about giant African snails) includes some very basic new skills and its charm lies in the evocative nature of the music. Walk Like This! is a much more upbeat experience. Singing whilst playing, jet whistles and scat calls are all part of the fun - 'vigour and attitude are definitely required here!' - and its great virtue lies in the fact that it can be played by any number of people of any ability. Try them both - bet you have a great time!
From the Publisher
"This ensemble piece for concert flutes that is to be played with a sense of fun and attitude!!! It aims to be relatively straightforward to put together and yet contain new challenges for the majority of players. All parts contain easily accessible extended techniques which I appreciate may seem a little formidable at first, even to experienced players. However, they are great fun and, with a little practice, will soon begin to fall into place.
"It is written for a range of playing standards which are outlined below. Due to the nature of the piece an advanced player can have fun and a challenge playing parts other than ‘flute 1’. The grade standard is a guide only and based on a relatively short practice period compared to an exam piece." - Ian Clarke
Flute 1 - Grade 6 + range up to top B
Flute 2 - Grade 4 - 5 with a range up to top G
Flute 3 - Grade 2 - 3 range up to top Eb (3rd 8ve)
Flute 4 - Grade 1 - 2 range from low D to G (2nd 8ve)
Download versions: These versions can be downloaded for free to further increase the flexibility of the ensemble.
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).