Three Dances for Imaginary Animals (flute with string orchestra)
by Christine Draeger (2019)
Performance by Christine Draeger, Bourbaki Ensemble, David Angell from the CD Three Dances for Imaginary Friends and Mistrel Boy
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I have always loved the sound of flute with strings. As a student my favourite pieces were the Bach and Telemann suites and the Mozart flute quartets. However in my own writing I had never composed for strings. Last year I decided to write a concerto and David Angell kindly agreed to program it in the Bourbaki Ensemble series for 2019.
The idea of three animals came from three kinds of rhythmic energy: walking, flying and swimming. I wanted to explore different ways of creating forward momentum in music. So I conjured into existence a quadruped, a bird and a fish. As I worked on them, the three animals began pushing the music in some unexpected directions.
The first movement, Quadruped, marked "passeggiando" or strollingly, became a Cha Cha Cha danced by a hoofed animal.
The second movement is a pastoral scene with bird calls, a favourite scenario for the flute. A bird swoops and glides, only rarely landing.
In the third movement I have used one of music's most famous 'fish' themes to write a set of variations. I have used a Habanera rhythm to suggest the leaping and gliding of the fish.
Instrumentation: Flute, strings.
Duration: 16 min.
Contents note: I. Quadraped -- II. Bird -- III. Fish.
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