Karim Al-Zand: Music: Duo for flute and cello


Duo

for flute and cello

Duo for flute and cello consists of a three short, contrasting movements. The first, Musette, features scordatura in the cello: a single string is tuned one half step higher than is normal. This string acts as a drone, which rings throughout the movement——a reference to the characteristic sound of the bagpipe after which the movement is named. imageThe Crestfallen Moon is a slow, plaintive song that exploits predominantly the dark, low register of the flute. Its texture is transparent, limited to mostly unadorned two-part writing. The last movement, Snapdragon, is a quick and lively piece, in perpetual skittish motion, punctuated by vigorous cello pizzicatos. Its character is as much reflective of the Snapdragon flower——a colorful perennial with a “mouth” which “snaps” open when squeezed——as of a peculiar parlor game of the same name. “Snapdragon” was a traditional holiday diversion popular from 16th to 19th century, in which “raisins being put into a bowl of brandy, and the candles extinguished, the spirit is set on fire, and the company scramble for the raisins.” (Francis Gosse, 1811).

purchase

score
parts




DATE
2012

DURATION
12 minutes

INSTRUMENTATION
flute, cello

MOVEMENTS
I. Musette
II. The Crestfallen Moon
III. Snapdragon

COMMISSION
Exorior Duo: Michelle Cheramy, flute | Nathan Cook, cello
with support from Memorial University of Newfoundland

PREMIÈRE
March 3, 2012 | D.F. Cook Recital Hall, Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada
Exorior Duo


AUDIO EXCERPTS
coming soon


SCORE EXCERPTS
I. Musette
II. Crestfallen Moon
III. Snapdragon

© 2015 KARIM AL-ZAND