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Music For Flute And Electronic Sounds

By Larry Nelson

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Flute with CD Accompaniment Electronics
Composed by Larry Nelson (1944-). Audio CD. With Standard notation. Theodore Presser Company #114-40957T. Published by Theodore Presser Company (PR.11440957T).

Item Number: PR.11440957T

As the title suggests, "Music for Flute and Electronic Sounds" explores the relationships between the flute - lyrical, then percussive; sometimes sustained, other times in sweeping lines - and electronic sounds - sometimes pitched, sometimes more clangorous and bell-like. The individual electronic sounds were designed and built using editors that are now readily available for synthesizers. This made it possible to produce accompanimental sounds that support and blend with the articulation and timbre of the flute in a way that until recently was awkward to accomplish. In addition to the electroacoutic blending, the flute and electronic sounds also share compositional structure, both rhythmic and melodic. There are two musical ideas that are germinal to the pitch structure of the work. The first is a four-pitch interval set (in two pairs) of descending minor third, intervening ascending major second, and concluding ascending major third. This gesture is presented at the outset. The second idea is a palindromic interval set which appears for the first time in measure 25. Formally, the work is in three parts. Part One is used to introduce several musical characters, most of which are generated from the materials just mentioned. Part Two consists of a juxtaposition of two of these characters. One is jazzy and is generated entirely by the synthesizers while the flute joins the electronic sounds in a serene chorale. The flute additionally has the responisibility of interrupting the fast motion of the jazzy character so that the chorale can be heard. Part Three recalls the first part but also includes a cadenza, which uses the serene character of Part Two as basic material. After the cadenza there is a short section that again recalls the beginning. The work closes with a cadenza-like flourish.

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