Argot : concert piece for solo flute and string nonet (or string orchestra)
by Natalie Williams (2009)
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Argot is a French word meaning; a secret language/dialect, used
only by closed groups of associates; in particular, groups of
thieves and underground dwellers. It is a language or system of
codes used by the group to prevent outsiders from understanding
I shaped the piece around this concept, using the Flute soloist as a 'speaker' attempting to share their unique language with us. At times the soloist leads the ensemble and weaves plaintive melodic lines over an unstable harmonic bass; attempting to convey a message. As the piece progresses, the soloist emerges from a murmuring crowd of a rumbling discussion, soaring above the conversation and trying to state its melancholy lines above the drowning force of the strings.
Instrumentation: Flute, 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 celli, bass (or string orchestra).
Duration: 10 min.
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