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Svoboda, MikeMusic for Piccolo (2006) 4'
for solo piccolo flute

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World Premiere
Camilla Hoitenga, piccolo /

Composer's Notes      Deutsch
Music for Piccolo (from Something Bigger) was written for a Stockhausen memorial concert which took place in Cologne, Germany, on the day he would have turned 80 years old. Having played in his ensemble, I had an ear-full of piccolo performing alongside the flautist Kathinka Pasveer all those years. I was always amazed at the amount of sound produced by that humble little piece of wood. Knowing that Camilla Hoitenga (to whom this piece is dedicated) would perform my small contribution to the evening, I was inspired and then remembered my earlier love for the piccolo. I also remembered a specific quirk of Karlheinz Stockhausen revealed to me while we were riding a train through Germany on a concert tour. He obviously had an uncontrollable compulsion to organize, count, and categorize the various - and usually quite mondane - information around him. For example, he might count the telephone poles between bridges and organize the packages according to amount. I found this very sympathetic, tending to do things similarly - doesn't everybody? - and at the same time refreshingly senseless.

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