Run Before Lightning


flute and piano

Commande de musique nouvelle en liberté pour le Concours de flûte Jean-Pierre Rampal 2005, Concours internationaux de la Ville de Paris

First Performance
20.10.05: Paris: Candidates of the Jean-Pierre Rampal Flute Competition

Score and part 0-571-57150-6 (fp) on sale

Programme Notes

The piece was prompted by the experience of exposure to close lightning, and running fast before it in wild exhilaration, aware that it could kill at any moment. The flute, with its vivid connection to turbulent storm-wind, is also close to human breath, breath in emotion. The acoustic structure of the flute's tube determines how the turbulence is channeled into musical sound; and canonic melodies channel further the musical sound's embodiment as structure. I would like to thank Sophie Cherier, Isabelle Carré and Tony Robb for advice on the flute; and Claude Samuel for suggesting I write for the distinguished Concours Rampal.

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