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Iroquois Suite

By Herman Beeftink

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Flute - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Herman Beeftink. 21st Century, Spiritual, World. Set of Parts. 16 pages. Published by Elite Source Music, Inc (S0.20202).

Item Number: S0.20202

1) Earth.The gratefulness for nature stands central in Native American culture and the IroquoisSuite is a testament of that. For this first movement, I chose the alto flute for its warm,earthy tones. It is earth in its serene state, as it is at early sunrise before weawaken. Tranquil and pure. The slight downward bend at the end of the long notes is acommon Native American technique.2) Eagle Cry.Hear the first signs of life echoing in the distance. Be awakened by the eagle at the startof a beautiful day.3) Morning Dance.It is time to celebrate the new day with a dance. Uplifting and vibrant. The rhythm hasbecome increasingly more important with each movement. Listen as the enticing rhythmicdevelopment culminates into the next movement.4) Wings.‘Wings’ allows the flutist and the bird to fly high and freely. Feel the inexhaustible energythe bird has for life and experience its breathtaking views. Follow the journey from thefirst tiny motions of the innocent newborn bird to the strong-spirited adult soaring highabove the earth. The low, repeating notes represent the bird as it makes its firstattempts to spread its wings. Experience the uplifting weightlessness as you go higherand higher until fully in flight. At the end of the journey you’ll hear the calming call of theearth. She calls repeatedly to the bird to rest back on her soil. As the sun slowly sets,the bird reluctantly carries itself back to the earth. ‘Wings’ tests the mastery of the birdas well as the flutist!5) Tree of peace.Time to reflect by the calming ‘Tree of Peace’. Calm the mind and be one withnature. Meditate and be at peace.6) Mohawk Valley.Finally, we are back with the warm, soothing sound of the alto flute for the conclusion ofthe Iroquois Suite. Mohawk Valley: a peaceful gathering place to say ‘goodbye’. Makingpeace with the memories of life and land lost.

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