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Erhu-Flute — six movements for flute and two or four-speaker audio

Birth C: UNITED STATES Gender: Male

Dest: Concert

Media Specification: Mixed music

Performer(s): Orlando Cela, flute

First perf.: Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, September 2011

Perf. Country: CHINA

Instruments: for flute and two or four-speaker audio

Prog. notes: Erhu-Flute, six movements for flute and two or four-speaker audio was composed while I was a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar in residence at the Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) in Beijing, Fall 2011. It was first performed at CCOM on September 17, 2011, by Orlando Cela, flute, and reprised at YuGong YiShan (in Beijing) on October 30, 2011.

The work consists of six short movements for solo flute and electronic music accompaniment. The accompanying sounds are all derived from erhu sounds that were manipulated in various ways, such as reversed, transposed, chopped into small parts, and time stretched. Before the flute part was created, each movement was “sketched” as a free standing electroacoustic piece, which, in turn, served as the basis for deriving the flute part. That is, the entire score of the flute was generated via selections from transcriptions of the original electroacoustic sketch.

In live performance, the flutist listens to a click track which aids in keeping the solo in sync with the accompanying electronic music.

Editor: MB