Albert Llanas Rich

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PerseUS – concertino for flute and orchestra

Perseus was the son of Zeus and the mortal Danae. He was one of the heroic half-gods in Greek mythology, along with Heracles and Theseus. Several supernatural abilities are attributed to him, including cutting Medusa’s snakes-filled head with Hermes’ sword. The idea of conceiving a concerto for the oneiric sound of the flute, here symbolizing Perseus, comes from this mythological reference. This work attempts to showcase Perseus’ risky adventures although it is not programmatic music. It lasts about 15 minutes. It uses a clear writing using only contemporary resources when they are sporadically required, especially in the orchestral part. The latter uses an orchestra with double winds, and a reduced string section: 10, 8, 6, 6, 4 in order to obtain the maximum colorist interpretation of all instruments. In this sense, the orchestration work in general and the roles of harp and percussion in particular should be highlighted. The solo part showcases the different expressive facets of the flute, from the melodic lyricism in its different registers, to the great articulation possibilities in fast and technically challenging fragments. It was composed in 2018.

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