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While Liquid Amber for Mixed Flute Trio (2000)

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  • Interesting, worth a look
  • Uses extended techniques

From the Publisher

In While Liquid Amber, the flute is treated as an air pipe which is capable of producing very raw and uncultured sounds: not beautiful and divine-sounding lines, but rather breath as a direct, forceful and primitive impulse leading to the utterance of sound.

This piece is structured as a set of six sections, each containing both a subsection of longer breaths and a subsection shorter breaths (except for the final section which only contain shorter breath). As the piece progresses, each section suggests a different avenue in the search from pure breathing via sound towards musical expresssion.The musical expression that evolves through this search is however still a direct manifestaion of the power of breath itsef in its raw state. The mechanics of the flute's sound production are therefore not only a necessary element in the mechanics of music-making , but also become the major force in motivating and inspiring the music.

The piece has two versions:

While Liquid Amber 1 is a 3-piccolo version which is short, focused and concentrated, but less demanding than version 11. It should be perfromed by three piccolo players.

While Liquid Amber 11 for three different flutes is the original compostion which is quite virtuoso and demanding as chamber music. It can be played by three players. However, in the case that one player would like to play all the lines, it would be best for that player to record all three voices and play the piece as a recording, since recording two voices and playing one voice live would take away something of the choir character of the piece, and this is not recommended.

Performance duration (approx): 17'00

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


  • No. 1 for 3 piccolos
  • No.2 for 3 different flutes

Item Details


  • Part 1: Piccolo doubling on Flute doubling on Bass Flute
  • Part 2: Piccolo doubling on Flute
  • Part 3: Piccolo doubling on Flute
Category: Flute Trio Music: Three Mixed Flutes
Publisher: Schott
Publisher's reference: FTR 202
Part of the Il Flauto Traverso series
Our Stock Code: 1391558
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts (29 pages [score])