Title: In Sonorous Falling Tones
Year Completed: 2015
Duration: 18 mins
Instrumentation: solo flute and bass flute, clarinet, percussion, violin, viola, cello, double bass
Credits: Commissioned by GroundSwell (Winnipeg) with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts
Premiere: December 16, 2015, 8 pm, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB

Purchase/Rent: Canadian Music Centre

In Sonorous Falling Tones is a chamber concerto for flute and bass flute. The titles reveal certain underlying processes within the music. Movement one, In Circles, revolves around several modes, subtly shifting from one to the next while material seemingly moves in circles. Movement two, In Sonorous Falling Tones, is slower and utilizes the bass flute. While the tones don’t always descend, the intention is that a feeling of falling will be evoked. The last movement, In Tempest, is tumultuous and fast: the flutist sings and plays at the same time creating a thick sound.

1. In Circles
2. In Sonorous Falling Tones
3. In Tempest


Solo Flute & Bass Flute (with low b foot if available)
1 Clarinet in Bb
1 Violin
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
1 Percussion

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Derek Charke In Sonorous Falling Tones Cover