Flight of Fancy (for flute & piano)
Flight of Fancy (for flute & piano) is an energetic and cheerful piece. Its middle movement has a haunting quality by virtue of a chromatically-inflected flute melody and little updrafts and whirlwinds of tinkling, glockenspiel-like piano figurations. The final section of the piece is characterised by the sound of a ‘slow-to-start’, hand-cranked engine.
Composer: Matthew Orlovich | Date of Composition: 2006 | Instrumentation: Flute & Piano | Duration: c. 3 minutes 30 seconds | Composed for: Reed Music (Australia) | Publisher: reedmusic.com | Formats: Printed Edition (RM424) & PDF Digital Download (RM424e)
Flight of Fancy (for flute & piano) comprises three sections, each lasting about a minute or so. The first section kicks off in an energetic and cheerful way with the bright upper registers of both instruments at play. Also evident in the opening section are ideas such as angular melodic lines played in unison, a little harp-like piano accompaniment texture and a contrasting theme fashioned atop a jazzy, dance-inspired bassline.
The middle section of the work is perhaps the more unearthly music of the work. Little updrafts and whirlwinds of tinkling, glockenspiel-like piano figurations add a haunting quality to a chromatically inflected melody, evoking, for me, images of night and a kind of magic.
The final section of the piece – which brings us back to earth with its recapitulation of earlier material – is characterised by the sound of its ‘slow-to-start’, hand-cranked engine. – MO.
Title: Flight of Fancy (for flute and piano) – Excerpt | Composer: Matthew Orlovich
Performers: Lamorna Nightingale (flute) & Jocelyn Edey Fazzone (piano).
CD: Eat Chocolate and Cry | Australian Flute Music 1999–2009 | Available from reedmusic.com