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bass flute, flute in G, flute in C and piccolo


This is a piece for a virtuoso, which could be compared to traditional North African music : slow unwinding of the melody, meditative nature, ample and barely perceptible melodic developments, usage of micro-intervals and chiefly work on the breath, which is used in the composition as a material, in the same way as the music writing itself. The breath is enlarged, broken, made iridescent, and developed in its many possibilities of amplitude. The incessant undulation of the timbres of the various flutes was inspired by the painting « Interieur » from Nicolas de Staël, and reflects the movement of the colours of the painting.


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(c) Florentine Mulsant, 2012