There’s a bottle in my (friend)ship!

Ricardo Matosinhos

Ref. ava161613

There’s a bottle in my (friend)ship!

Dur: Ca.6 min


This piece was commissioned by the AJBFM - Associação Juvenil de Bandas Filarmónicas do Minho, and it is written for 13 players: 1 piccolo, 5 flutes, 11 tuned bottles. This piece was premiered by the flute players of the “Sopros do Minho 2016,”  in Barcelos, Portugal, conducted by Marco Pereira. The idea of composing for flutes and bottles came up to add lower notes that don’t exist on the flute’s range, and also because of the pedagogical aspect similarity in the tone production of both instruments. This piece is written as a fantasy, starting with a slower section only on bottles, then a piccolo solo, that is gradually followed by the appearance of all the flutes. An abrupt break directs us to an energetic mood, inspired by pirate sailing trips. Then the pirates theme, on an improvised character, gains jazzy contours and flows into a tropical ambience inspired by South-American music. By the end of the piece, among other surprises, all the flutes will be playing using only the head-joint on an animated contrapuntal frenzy.