Three love songs for solo flute based on three Greek mythological figures. Amphitrite, Euphrosyne Maia Three Pan Love Songs was commissioned and recorded by Nina Assimakopoulos and released by Euterpe Recordings, CD no 202, in July 2003. The work uses several innovative 20th century flute techniques, including flutter tongue and multiphonics, as well as a newly developed effect “flute pizzicato”. This sound is produced when the notes are played by releasing the tongue percussively from between the lips, letting air through without sounding the note, and keeping the head joint tilted enough for the released air to pick up the pitch fingered. There are “Three Pan Love Songs” Amphitrite, Nymph of the Sea: Euphrosyne, Grace of Mirth: and Maia, Daughter of Atlas. “With all three pieces Pan uses the milieu of each nymph to try to hypnotise and woo her” The first love song uses the coaxing ebb and flow of the sea, combined with the sounds of its unique spacious timbre. The second love song imitates the quavering giggles of Euphrosyne, the Rubenesque mistress of humour. In places the flautist is required to hum while playing.(Multiphonics) The third song strives for a somewhat ethereal version of an equestrian rhythm, because Maia liked to hunt. “These scenarios tailored to the mannerisms of each nymph are quiet evocative, and a unique addition to the repertoire” Nina Assimakopoulos.Amphitrite (341kb)
Five Movement Challenging Contemporary Piece Composed for Roger Heaton. PERFORMANCE NOTES Quarter Tone up. Quarter Tone Down. Rapid Vibrato (lip or Diaphragm) Lip Vibrato. Vibrato Quasi Gliss. Rough, breath, growl, play note, sing and let air escape simultaneously. ( End of “Mood” two ) Tone-less ( End of “Mood” Three ) All five “Moods” should be played freely with a general observance of bar durations and rhythm suggestions.
Four Preludes Folk Dance Passacalgia, Two Part Invention, Spanish Dance.Folk Dance Extract (498kb)
Two humorous settings of sea shanties. Fire down below. Whiskey Johnny. These are very humorous setting of Sea Shanties in the Malcolm Arnold vain. Ideal companion pieces to the more famous wind quintet pieces. Why not purchase a signed copy from the composer. The signature may be an investment for the future as well as the obvious enjoyment of the music. Include details with your e-mail order.
Whisky Johnny (482kb)
Prelude No1 Sostenuto. Fugue No 1 Moderato. Prelude No 2 Leggiero. Fugue No 2 Con umore Burlesco Fugue No 3 Con umore.Prelude one extract (326kb)