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