November Skysolo flute (doubling pic, alto, bass) with 4 channel sound projection (1992)
|Movements||4 sections played continuously|
|Commission||National Endowment for the Arts|
|Premiere||Buffalo, NY, June, 1992 by Rachel Rudich, flutes|
|Technical requirements||electronic files included with purchase|
November Sky was composed in 1990-1992 for flutist Rachel Rudich. The work is the third in the "Crossfire" series, a series of works featuring a virtuoso soloist and his electronically altered. In this work, NeXT computers were used to process a huge library of flute archetypal materials made by the soloist and to create the four channels of computer-processed flute sounds. The acoustic flute is the sole source.
All of the musical materials were derived from a single melodic line that is played about halfway through the piece. The large scale form is roughly articulated by four sections approximately coordinated with the changes of instrument from piccolo through bass flute. Each section offers increasingly reflective and distant perspectives on the musical material in the manner of ever-deepening meditation. The title refers obliquely to the psychologically shifting perspectives that accompany seasonal change; particularly the affect surrounding the inexorably failing light as fall gives way to winter.
The work was commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts, and was realized at the University at Buffalo Computer Music Studios, and the Banff Centre. Rick Bidlack and Scott Thomas assisted the composer in the realization of the computer portion of the work.