Title: Raga Terah
Year Completed: 2012
Duration: 8 mins
Instrumentation 1: Flute Quintet (4 C flutes and 1 bass flute)
Instrumentation 2: Flute Quartet with Keyboard
Premiere: 2014 National Flute Association Convention, Chicago Hilton 8 Aug 2014: Dianne Aitken, Molly Barth, Lisa Bost, Derek Charke, and Paul Taub

Purchase/Rent: Canadian Music Centre

Raga Terah is not based on an authentic Raga, but rather attempts to create a meditative character. Raga Terah is in 13/16 time. ‘Terah’ is the English translation of the number thirteen in Hindi. Similar to the other Raga flute quartets, Raga Terah plays with several polyrhythmic patterns that define the rhythmic flavour of the piece. Flutes 3 and 4 act an isorhythmic talea, perhaps imitative of the tabla. While the other two voices provide melodic figurations. Many sounds are created with a technique whereby the flutist must enunciate the word ‘cha’ to produce the desired ‘toneless’ and rough sounding effect.

derek charke terah quintet