Quirk No.7

A duo for wooden flute and clarinet that infuses a contemporary idiom with Irish traditional music features. The piece – with the players moving about the space – begins slowly and with gentle quarter-tone slides, then moves to quicker, more dancing tempos before returning to the reflective mood of the opening. – Michael Dungan, The Irish Times

Quirk No.7 ‘Slides, Cuts,
Rolls and Crans’ (2011)

fl, cl/bass cl, variable duration.

Commissioned and premièred by Concorde. Performed by Madeline Staunton (flute) and Paul Roe (clarinets)  Rubicon Gallery, Dublin,
Ireland. 13 November 2011.

Excerpt from première performance below. (Courtesy of Jane O’Leary and Concorde)

Programme Poem


There’s some special
techniques in Irish trad

Some are quite simple,
others are mad

There’s yearning
slides like banshee wails

There’s cuts and taps,
flicks with the nail

There’s flowery rolls
with rapid attack

There’s gurgling crans
that’ll take you aback

Now in this piece the
musicians explore

These unique sounds
placed into a score

They’ve freedom to
choose different figures to play

They’ll move around you
and improv away

The way it’s composed
is undefined

It’s as much the performer’s
piece as mine

I’m letting the
musicians be creatively free

So if you don’t like
it, don’t blame me!


Dave Flynn 9th November 2011