momentary flight

for flute and piano

Alastair Greig

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for flute and piano

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Composer Alastair Greig

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ca. 4' 50"


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Catalogue ID ce-ag2mf1


A spark is fulfilled

By its momentary flight:

To soar and then die

Is its whole delight.

– Tagore, Jottings: no. 7

This short piece, for flute and piano, contains many sparks that ignite; some fall, some soar but not in an obvious way, there’s no word painting here. It’s almost a collection of fragments or tiny “moments musicaux” but they all were assembled from the same source material which, hopefully, creates a unified whole. The slow pulse stops only for a moment although, when listening, one should be unaware of measured time, I hope.