for 25 flutes (2016)
Live recording of the premiere
Students and professors of the RSH Düsseldorf - conducted by Andre Sebald
About the work
DUE CANTI, for 25 flutes, draws inspiration mainly from Dante Aligheri´s well-known narrative poem "La Divina Comedia". The piece consists of two contrasting movements: "Inferno" and "Paradiso".
I´ve tried to paint with sounds some of the vivid images that appear in the work. “Inferno”, a world of chaos and despair, is a vibrant cacophony consisting of an insistent, mechanical ostinato, dissonant counterpoints and frullato cries in the upper registers of all flutes.
“Paradiso”, a place of order and sensual delight, features luminous open fifths in the medium-high register, a theme in long notes which is symmetrical in design (as to represent God-like perfection and balance), aswell as long, lyrical solos for the first flute and the bass flute.
A secondary source of inspiration for the piece was the painting "The Garden of Earthly Delights" by the great Hieronymus Bosch.
Duration: 8 minutes
- 18 C-Flutes (2 of them doubling on Piccolo)
- 4 Alto Flutes
- 2 Bass Flutes
- 1 Contrabass Flute
- I. Inferno
- II. Paradiso
Commissioned by: André Sebald, Flute Professor at the RSH Düsseldorf
Dedicated to: André Sebald
- May 1st, 2016
- Performed by all flute students and professors of the RSH
- Conducted by André Sebald
- RSH Düsseldorf (Düsseldorf, Germany)