Title: Lachrymose
Year Completed: 2006
Duration: 8 mins
Instrumentation: Piccolo
Credits: Written for Chenoa Anderson / Dedicated to Debbie Smythe
Premiere: February 2006, Wolfville NS: Chenoa Anderson



Purchase/Rent: Canadian Music Centre



Lachrymose was written in December of 2006. Part of the work uses proportional notation, allowing the perfomer room to play with the temporal domains. A consistant arch-like shape is reiterated during the last 2/3rds of the work, a swelling and dying away followed by several seconds of silence. Within this the performer repeats a fast three note gesture a random number of times. A sung pitch adds a counterpoint to this ostinato figure. Although the material is somewhat minimal several advanced techniques are employed that help "fill out" the sound of the solo piccolo. The most obvious is singing and playing. Added to this the soloist is asked near the end to break the sound and play on the harmonics. This creates a rich texture filled with overtones. The entire range of the piccolo is called for, however throughout most of the work the performer plays in the lower tessitura, creating a more earthy sound. Double trills and timbre trills create a warbling, bird like effect in other parts of the work.

Available on the albums “Piccolo Works” with Natalie Schwaabe and “In Sonorous Falling Tones” with Derek Charke. Click below for the iTunes links.

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Derek Charke In Sonorous Falling Tones Cover


Christine Beard performs Lachrymose at the 1st European Piccolo Festival; Jezersko, Slovenia. Sunday, August 28, 2011. Dr. Christine Erlander Beard is Associate Professor of Flute & Coordinator of Woodwind Studies, The University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Executive Director, The International Piccolo Symposium.
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