Title: Wired and Released
Year Completed: 2013
Duration: 11 mins
Instrumentation 1: Flute and Piano
Instrumentation 2: Flute and Harp
Premiere: Flute and piano version premiered by Michelle Cheramy and Jack Chen, flutes on October 10, 2013 at Memorial University, School of Music, St. John’s, NL
Flute and harp version premiered by Jack Chen, flute and Ellen Gibling, harp on October 17, 2013 at Acadia University, School of Music, Wolfville, NS


Flute and Piano: Canadian Music Centre
Flute and Harp: Canadian Music Centre

This work is part of a collection of works for solo instrument and piano. Each piece is in three movements. The outer movements are high energy. The first movement tends to be minimalistic. The middle movement uses a walking bass-like line with a disjunct but lyric 'endless' chromatic melody. The last movement tends to be more free-flowing with longer active lines based on variations on a single pentatonic, or other scale with limited pitch material. Outer movements are titled “Wired”, “Wound”, “Released”, or another similar name. The middle movement is always called “and” as it joins the two outer movements.

derek charke wired and released
Example of movement 2, arranged for flute and guitar.