Title: Ex Tempore
Year Completed: 2016
Duration: 7 mins
Instrumentation: bass flute and guitar
Credits: Written for the Charke/Cormier Duo. Guitar part edited by Eugene Cormier
Premiere: June 4, 2016, Derek Charke and Eugene Cormier, Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, Lunenburg, NS

Purchase: Doberman-Yppan

Ex Tempore is an atmospheric impromptu composed for the Charke/Cormier Duo. It was literally written on the spur of the moment at my kitchen table over the course of an afternoon. The guitar part was edited by Eugene Cormier. It can be performed using a C flute if desired. Ex Tempore won the 2019 East Coast Music Association Award for Classical Composition of the Year.

"The track Ex Tempore, composed by Charke, is a composed/improvised work for bass flute and guitar that lives up to its title. Note-bending during lengthy dramatic extended-technique bass flute phrases is heard against the guitar-driven rhythm and tonality, all in a spontaneous yet controlled direction, until the final satisfying guitar tone fades." – Tiina Kiik, The Whole Note, Aug. 2018

Links: Charke Cormier Duo

Derek Charke Ex Tempore