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the sea-eye flashes

for flute quartet

Year:  2016   ·  Duration:  4m
Instrumentation:  piccolo, 2 C flutes, bass flute

Year:  2016
Duration:  4m
Instrumentation  piccolo, 2 C flutes, bass f...

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 1 and 2 of score

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The title is taken from the poem Spring Drift Kawhia by New Zealand poet Denys Trussell and refers to the shallow tidal harbour of Kawhia on the western coast of the North Island:

"Now hills half-stripped of gods rim this liquid drift of light, and the sea-eye flashes mosaic beneath a nest of cliffs startling the shag in its pine-black tower."

Another phrase from the same poem, 'this liquid drift of light', inspired my solo piano work for Stephen De Pledge.

All flutes evoke a sea-inspired sonic world, with their sussurations, breathy swells, and vocalised moanings - the piccolo breaks free in a flurry of birdsong, the bass flute buzzes and growls.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by the Aotea Flute Quartet (Uwe Grodd, Melody Lin, Agnes Harmath, Abigail Sperling)

Dedication note

for the Aotea Flute Quartet

Contents note

one short movement, some stage perambulation