for soprano flute and piano

Daniele Venturi

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for soprano flute and piano

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Composer Daniele Venturi
Year of Composition 2020
Duration 6' 30"

Instrumentation Soprano Flute, Piano
Categories (all composers) , ,
Catalogue ID ce-dv1d1


This short work for flute and piano was written at the request of the Novacaeli Cantabile Duo who the composition itself is dedicated to.

As the title suggests, it is a piece that wants to give the idea of some sort of improvisation, in which there is a certain immediacy of approach and listening. The musical writing, in fact – that is both the flute one and the one entrusted to the piano – is always very articulated and rich. The piano is entrusted with only seemingly traditional figures and musical gestures. In piano writing there is a strong play of resonances based on Schumann’s style, which makes the musical language of this composition extremely modern as combined with the use of very tense harmonies.

The flute is entrusted with different types of writings and instrumental techniques derived from the music by Avant-garde composers of the last century, such as the mixture between instrumental and voice sound produced by the performer, or the use of harmonic sounds of all kinds.

Both techniques were practiced in art music of the 1960s and, even if revisited, they are proposed again in this composition. On the other hand, other compositional and performance techniques used by Venturi are more strictly personal and the result of a long experimental work.

These include, for example, the use of several soft pizzicati of breath, alternating with the slap pizzicati much more of common use and the use, in writing, of particular types of vibrato and audio interferences obtained by the performer through the more or less rapid oscillation of the instrument.

From the point of view of the compositional system used, the antithesis between the scalar system entrusted to the piano and based on the chromatic total (chromatic scale of 12 semitones) and the one entrusted to the flute is very strong. It is centered on a scale of 36 pitches that provides for 24 non-tempered pitches in addition to the 12 chromatic semitones.

Between the two instruments there is an antithetical dualism which is strongly marked also from the viewpoint of poetics and musical tensions.

It may be said that this composition with a very modern language is affected, as regards the initial idea, by the dramatic moment when it was written, that is the Covid-19 pandemic. It may also be said that this work is the modern reinterpretation of the romantic Lied, linked to the dramatic force of a sort of Sturm und Drang.