Surge for Solo Flute

Programme Notes

Surge is a non-representational piece for solo C flute or alto flute. It was composed during my doctoral studies at The University of Michigan, and born out of my ongoing studies of folk rhythms and melodies of my birth country of Iran. A technically demanding work, Surge requires the performer to execute a number of extended techniques in quick succession, and to sing and play at the same time. It was originally written for flutist Merryl Neille, and premiered by her in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 2016.

Performance Notes
– The piece may be performed on Alto or C-flute.
– x noteheads indicate a percussive sound produced using the syllables written below the note.
– Tongue stops/rams are notated using both the sounding pitch and the fingering (a major 7th higher) with a diamond notehead.
– For the sung parts, adjust the octave as necessary to achieve the best balance between the two parts. Avoid switching octaves frequently in the middle of the vocal line.

Performance History:
November 21, 2016 – (premiere) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor – Merryl Neille, Flute
October 17, 2020 – Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (virtual) – Leslie Newman, Flute
December 11, 2020 – Continuum Contemporary Music (virtual) – Leslie Newman, Flute 

Leslie Newman – Continuum Contemporary Music – Dec. 11, 2020


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