Le soupir du roseau dans les bras du vent

Instrumentation: flute (in C and alto flute)

Duration: 9 minutes

Year composed: 2015

Performers: Orlando Cela

First performance: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Seattle, (WA), January 21st 2018, (Orlando Cela)

Other performances: The Shedd Institute, Eugene, (OR) January 23rd 2018, (Orlando Cela)

Peace United Church, Santa Cruz, (CA), January 26th 2018, (Orlando Cela)

Beyond Baroque, Venice, (CA), January 29th 2018, (Orlando Cela)

The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, (NY), November 7th 2019, (Francesca Leo)

Program note: Le soupir du roseau dans les bras du vent consists of several variations on the well known initial melody of Syrinx by Debussy. Each variation explores some timbral transformation of the melody through a set of extended techniques realized on the flute. The initial melody is slowly deconstructed throughout the variations to remain just a distant memory at the end of the piece.