A Branch in the Path – Alto Flute
Before we begin…
- A minimum of 24 and a maximum of 36 sections should be played, lasting between 12 and 18 minutes in total.
- If a text is presented in addition to the notation, it may be spoken out loud. The sound-files on each page may also be played in addition to speaking or playing the notated fragments.
- Refreshing a page, or returning to it from another location, will possibly bring up a different fragment of notation. This also applies to the texts.
- Section 1.5e differs from the other sections in that it is based on Euclidian rhythms and adopts a much slower tempo. It also contains 17 individual fragments. Repeat marks (e.g. “x2”) apply only to the particular staff they are placed at the end of. 1
- This section should be played as the final section of the piece along with the clarinet, once the clarinettist signals that they have reached this section. The clarinettist also signals on reaching the final fragment of this section. Both players complete the fragment they are playing, at which point the piece ends.
- The notated parts are transposed and always in the treble clef. The numbers in brackets indicate tempo markings that correspond to the position of the notes in the overtone series.2 A note an octave higher will be twice as fast, for example. These tempo indications are only included at their first occurrence in a particular fragment.
- The pitches should match the natural tuning of the overtone series (with sounding D as the root) as closely as possible. The sound-files on the pages for each section can be used as a reference guide.
- The numbers above the notes indicate up to five timbral colours to be achieved with alternative fingerings.
- The dynamics and generally soft and should be adjusted to match the level of the tones emanating from the public’s mobile phones as they move about the performance space.
Let the journey begin…