don't touch the wings

flute | Karin Aurell | $10.00

​This work, commissioned by flutist Karin Aurell, navigates the stages of grief (shock/denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance) through the eyes of a butterfly whose wings have been broken. I imagine the butterfly struggling to stay alive before accepting its oncoming demise. The five stages don't explicitly start at any given measure, but the emotional intent of the piece shifts like a gradient, exploring all five sentiments.

Extended techniques include air sounds; distorted, overblown sounds (both pitched and unpitched); articulating into the flute with a "ch" sound; whistle tones; bisbigliando; and tongue rams, along with a brief improvisatory section.

Premiere: Karin Aurell, September 10 2021, Brunton Auditorium, Mount Allison University.

Video: Karin Aurell, November 6 2021, UNB Contemporary Music Festival.