This is my third composition this year. It is a suite of four duet pieces for the standard “C” concert flute and cello, with optional B footjoint, lasting about 14 minutes in total, so a fairly substantial piece.
All the pieces should be regarded as true duets, rather than a set of flute pieces with cello
accompaniment. The suite borrows quite a lot from the baroque genre of instrumental suites, and should retain that flavour in performance; but with a modern twist, as they use some contemporary special techniques for the flute such as air sounds and tongue pizzicato.
The four movements are named for the mediaeval concept of the four elements of air, earth, water and fire, which fortuitously each capture something of the nature of the movement.
The piece is written for the standard “C” concert flute, plus a piano accompaniment, and should be played in a lively and vivacious manner. As the title suggests, it is a happy piece, designed to show off the brilliant and bubbly nature of the flute. (The word “jubilant” comes from the Latin word “jubilare”, which means to shout for joy). The total duration is about 4 minutes. The piece should be playable by a student of good standard.
It is a bit of a surprise to me to have completed several compositions this year, it was not really expected, but all the more welcome for it.