Takemitsu Voice-Solo Flute-Salabert
Takemitsu Voice-Solo Flute-Salabert Advanced level Written in 1971 in Tokyo and dedicated to Aurèle Nicolet, “Voice for Solo Flautist” was inspired by an excerpt from Shuzo Takiguchi’s “Handmade Proverbs”: “Qui va la? Qui que tu sois, parle, transparence! … Who goes there? Speak, transparence, whoever you are!”. A array of techniques are used in this solo work including percussive key tapping, tongue clicks, notes played at the same time the flautist sings, shouts, speaks or hums into the flute, quarter, overtones, multiphonics, chords (via specified split note fingering), trills, flutter tonguing, and tremolos amongst others. The words of the brief poem are entwined throughout the piece in both French and English. Japanese composer, Toru Takemitsu (1930 – February 20, 1996) composed several hundred compositions, scored over ninety films and published twenty books on subjects including aesthetics and music theory. He was well known for fusing elements of Oriental and Western philosophy as well as combining opposites together such as ‘sound v silence’ and ‘tradition v innovation’.
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