This work is a tribute to the composer and flutist Robert Dick, who explored the resources of the instrument, The other flute, as Dick called it. The interpreter will perceive this work as a challenge to achieve and will discover a world of sonic possibilities of the flute.
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The importance of the contribution of composer-flutist Robert Dick to the development of the modern flute is a known and established fact for flutists all over the world. His concerts, recordings and published works have become a measuring stick for flutists and composers of what is possible with the flute.
Having known Robert and having performed a number of his works, I decided to make my contribution to what he called so aptly, The Other Flute. The piece makes use of several extended techniques: the flutist begins with several octave double-stops very much in the style of a violin. Later on in the piece, in the slow section, the flutist plays a haunting glissando melody sounding very much like a bamboo Indian flute. This melody is in fact a melody of Robert's which appears in his flute quartet Eyewitness which I had the privilege to premier with the group Flute Force. I decided to graft this melody of Robert's into the center section of my piece, giving it a different setting in the piano. At the very end of the piece, the principal theme is played in "whistle tones", replicating the sound of high violin harmonics.
It is hoped that the flutist performing this piece finds as much satisfaction overcoming the challenge of this piece piece as I have.