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Argot : concert piece for solo flute and string nonet (or string orchestra) / Natalie Williams.

by Natalie Williams (2009)

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

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (13p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 10 min.

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)

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ISMN: 979-0-720145-07-5

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This work is also available in the following products:

Works, 2009 - 2010
CD: Works, 2009 - 2010 / Natalie Williams.

Selected works by AMC represented artists, vol. 43.
CD: Selected works by AMC represented artists, vol. 43.

This work also exists as the following versions:
- Recorder in chamber ensemble


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