Monday, November 03, 2014

Diabelli Project 064 - Piece for Solo Flute

The Diabelli Project is about offering my weekly flash-composition sketches freely to all. Like Antonio Diabelli's theme these sketches aren't great music. But perhaps (as in Diabelli's case) there's a Beethoven out there who can do great things with them.

I admit, I'm no Paul Hindemith. But his idea of writing a concerto for every instrument sounded appealing. In this case, I decided to devote these flash compositions to a survey of the major instruments of the orchestra. The series kicks off with this sketch for solo flute.

Every instrument not only has a distinctive sound, but its own set of technical challenges and special abilities. For this sketch, I used the flutter tongue technique to add intensity to the held notes, and the flute's agility to create a fluid melody.

What happens next? That's up to you. As always, you're welcome to use all or part of this sketch. Just let me know what you come up with!

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