Émeraude et Rubis »
« Emerald and Ruby »
for two flutes
short pieces, which were the object of an official commission from the
Ministry of Culture for educational purposes, are meant for a flautist
relatively beginner in his instrumental learning. It is he who plays the
leading role. Another flautist, in fact more experienced, plays the supporting
part, sometimes giving the first flute his cue, sometimes making a musical
environment to embellish the line of the main part.
These pieces of poetic character aim at suggesting precious stones
sparkle and purity.
In order to organize the unfolding of the work with the more efficient
rhythmical flexibility, apart from any feeling of pulsation, a proportional
notation system was used, each compartment being equivalent to one second.
This way of writing requires from the instrumentalists a thorough checking
fragment by fragment.
In this music, it is essential to carefully respect every indication about
dynamics, articulations and attacks. And to play these pieces it is important
to attentively listen to the partner.
« Emeraude et Rubis » was recorded in 1983 at Radio-France.
The performers, respectively eleven-and-seventeen-year-old girls, were
two students of the « Conservatoire National de Région »
: Editions Musicales Transatlantiques
« La Flûte Contemporaine », collection Pierre-Yves Artaud