Florence Anna Maunders - Desert Places - Solo Bass Flute

Florence Anna Maunders - Desert Places - Solo Bass Flute

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This 5-6 minute long piece was written for the flautist Carla Rees, who gave the first performance.

The download includes a full score, programme notes, a multiphonics guide, full permission to perform in concert and permission to record for non-commercial uses.

It explores two of my great compositional obsessions – jazz harmony and the traditional music of the Middle East – particularly Persian music. The two main types of musical material in this piece are the meditative aalap sections in unmeasured time, which form a series of “musical breaths”, which alternate with some more rhythmical (perhaps even slightly percussive) passages which develop the 10/8 rhythm of the janiman – probably the least common of the traditional Persian dance rhythms. In the slower sections much of the melodic material borrows from the closely related Arabic tradition, in particular the tuning of the maqam hijaz, but also explores the versatility of the bass flute in creating multiphonics which match closely the idiosyncratic tuning of this scale. The more groove-based sections sound distinctly funky in places, with 9th-based harmonic patterns and semiquaver syncopations abounding.
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