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Argot : concert piece for solo flute and string nonet (or string orchestra)

by Natalie Williams (2009)

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Performance by Daniel Stein, Jacobs School of Music String Players, Elliott Bark from the CD Works, 2009 - 2010

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Work Overview

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 their correspondence.

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.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: Flute, 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 celli, bass (or string orchestra).

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Daniel Stein, Jacobs School of Music String Players, Elliott Bark — 14 Mar 09. Auer Hall, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, IN (USA)

Performances of this work

11 Mar 10: Doctoral recital, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University (USA). Featuring Jacobs School of Music String Players, Elliott Bark, Daniel Stein.

14 Apr 09: Auer Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (USA). Featuring Miyo Aoki, Fawzi Haimor.

14 Mar 09: Auer Hall, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, IN (USA). Featuring Daniel Stein, Jacobs School of Music String Players, Elliott Bark.

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