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Digital Sheet Music [PDF]: Performance Parts

Argot : for recorder and strings [eParts] / Natalie Williams.

by Natalie Williams (2009)

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  • Instrumentation: Recorder (a415 alto and a415 soprano) and 9 solo strings.
  • Audio Sample

    Performance by Miyo Aoki, Fawzi Haimor from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 124.


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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 digital (PDF) set of 7 performance parts (22p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium

Duration: 8 min.

First performance by Miyo Aoki, Fawzi Haimor — 14 Apr 09. Auer Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (USA)

This set of parts includes 2 recorder parts. Both are for Soprano and Alto recorders. One is notated for a = 415, the other is for a = 415 except mm. 78-97 a = 440.

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Score: Argot : for recorder and strings / Natalie Williams.

Parts: Argot : for recorder and strings / Natalie Williams.

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 124.
CD: Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 124.

This work also exists as the following versions:
- Flute with chamber ensemble


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