Tune of the Day: Reflexes
This flute solo was kindly contributed to our collection by its composer, Corrado Cristaldi from Italy.
“Reflexes” is a piece that recalls the sensations perceived by observing the encounter of light with the surface of the water moved by the current.
Freely inspired by the mythical Lake Pergo, a pleasant place where, for the ancient Mediterranean peoples, the rapture of Persephone (Kore) was consummated. The Seasons were born here.
Technically the piece is a short and witty study in which the new techniques of sound production and the attention placed on the phrasing emphasize the expressive value of simple melodies in search of the point of balance.
The piece features two extended techniques: flutter-tonguing and tongue pizzicato. Flutter-tonguing is a technique in which the performer flutters his/her tongue to make a characteristic “frrrr” sound, while tongue pizzicato is a way of producing a dry percussive sound through an extremely hard articulation. (Note that, due to technical limitations, these effects are not properly rendered in the MIDI and MP3 preview files.)