SEMI SUITE

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Title:
[Flaherty] Semi-Suite

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Year Authored (or revised): 

1990

Scoring: 

solo cello

Duration (min): 

8

Movements-Titles: 

Lament
Trilling

First Performance: 

2005 Bridge Records; Tom Flaherty, cello

composer's note:

Semi-Suite consists of two movements of an originally projected larger suite, for unaccompanied cello. As it turns out, the movements do seem to complement each other and the name is too appealing to give up, so it will likely stand as it is. "Lament" is a slow movement based on a short tune first presented high on the C string, in imitation of a wooden flute. The tune is fragmented and gradually reassembled, finally appearing well above the normal cello range, in harmonics. "Trilling" is a response both to my interest in rhythmic and metric interaction and to the frustrating boredom of practicing standard trill studies as a cello student. The movement proceeds with a nearly constant measured trill on one string while a slower moving line on adjacent strings continuously redefines the metric meaning of the trill. A short cadenza in the center of the piece leads to a varied recapitulation of the main idea.

Ensemble Type: 

solo instrumental (non-keyboard)

new edition 2019

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Instrument: 

cello
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