flirtations was one of my earliest investigations into music and narrative organisation. My original intention was to create a sort of inner–logic that resulted entirely from the characterisation of musical elements. Specifically, it’s the instruments themselves that I characterised through their actions and reactions. I wanted to establish a relationship between the two instruments that would temper the momentum and bearing of the work. The aim wasn’t to personify the instruments — their ‘personalities’ are purely musical — but to allow an abstract ‘interpersonal’ dynamic to emerge.
The role (or perhaps viewpoint) of each ‘character’ can be experienced individually – the piece can be performed as a duet or as a solo for either instrument. In these solo versions the character relationship becomes skewed, which creates a different momentum and a different bearing.
The title refers to the hesitant coming together of two ‘characters’ who otherwise lead quite separate existences. It reflects the tentative nature of early relationships with people, things, ideas. In that sense, it’s as much about the early stages of what became my doctoral research as it is about the initial interplay between two unrelated characters.
Varies depending on number of movements played; performance of all movements takes 20 minutes
I – calmo (duet)
II – (acc solo)
III – agitato con un energia nervosa (db solo)
IV – con anticipazione (acc solo)
V – con spirito ‘remembering’ (duet)
VI – capriccioso (duet)
VII – (db solo)
VIII – tempestoso (duet or acc solo)
IX – piangevole e fermo ma non calmo (db solo)
April 2008: Eva Zöllner, University of Leeds Contemporary Music Showcase (solo acc movements only)
April 2008: Eva Zöllner, University of Lancaster (solo acc movements only)
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