• Dave Heath
  • The Connemara: Flute Concerto No. 2 (1992)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned by the Scottish Ensemble

  • str
  • flute
  • 16 min

Programme Note

Having failed to get a performance for one of my largest pieces to date, Rise from the Dark (full symphony orchestra), which I wrote between 1984-1987; but even worse, living in the great estate agent's con, Stoke Newington, I decided to write a "beautiful" piece in contrast to the mess surrounding me. I used to always imagine living in a coastal village of Ireland or Scotland, and this gave me musical ideas which I decided to use when Jonathan Rees asked me to write a piece for the Scottish Ensemble. I used these ideas as a basis and called the piece The Connemara after a beautiful Irish town.

The Connemara is in one movement three-section form, fast-slow-fast, and is influenced not only by the modern jazz harmony of Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, but also by the sounds of the Japanese koto and shakuhachi. When I play the piece myself, I use many alternative fingerings to give the piece an exotic flavour.

World Premiere: 27 August 1992, Dave Heath (flute) and the Scottish Ensemble with leader Jonathan Rees, Queen's Hall, Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival

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