I know very little about music for woodwind instruments but I was instantly hooked when I heard this tune. I stumbled upon this gorgeous piece of music whilst browsing the Purcell School web site, it was buried in their audio clips section. The piece is called ‘Spiral Lament‘ by Ian Clarke who is something of a legend in the flute world according to my woodwind chum, Barry. His use of extended techniques such as the quarter-tones or “micro-tones” in this piece is something that I have never heard before. This is not a technique that is possible on the piano so it’s very interesting to hear it performed on a flute. I imagine it’s a pretty fiendish skill to master.
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