Contemporary Flute Music – Etude
Contemporary flute music is not common, though a number of examples, such as Berio’s Sequenza, can be studied. This piece is a short etude, focusing on control of articulation and dynamic, showing off the range of the instrument’s timbre. The piece uses a 12-tone technique, allowing for my focus to go to rhythm and feel.
Starting with a simple melody, the piece speeds up over a triple feel, then slows back to the initial tempo, where the note speed belies the tempo shift. Finally, an ending scale brings the piece to a close. The flute’s dynamics create various timbres, shifting back and forth from nearly a pure sine wave to a harsher, noisier waveform. This explores and important aspect of contemporary flute music.
Seeing timbre as a waveform helps to better see the form of the piece, and this helps bridge gaps between electronic and acoustic music. Mentally bridging these gaps lets similar tastes flow freely across genres, and open listeners ears so that they can enjoy more types of music. In this way, audiences can be attuned to new music without immediate rejection.
Contemporary flute music draws on a variety of sources, ranging from ancient to modern, obscure to famous.