This work is published for performance and study. The performance set includes a saddle-stitched full score for reference, a saddle-stitched part booklet for the flautist, a loose-leaf part set for the percussionist and an audio CD, which contains the digital audio part and is played on a sound system for performance. The work must not be performed without the digital audio part.
About the work:
The starting point for this work is Voices of the Land, the third part of Footprints In New Snow, a radio documentary/composition about the Inuit and their culture which the composer created in 1995 with CBC Radio producer Keith Horner. In the documentary, the foreground is occupied by the voice of Winston White, an Inuit Elder and broadcaster from Nunavut who speaks about the north and its inhabitants. In the present work, this place is taken by the flute and vibraphone.
Selected publication review:
'This is a trio for flute, vibes and digital audio. The digital audio part is from an earlier (1995) work by Hatzis and Keith Horner titled Voices of the Land from a radio documentary/ composition titled “Footprints in New Snow.”
At one point the vibes player must sing while playing rolled octaves. An optional part for a child singer is also included. The vibes part includes many ostinato sections, fragmented rhythmic patterns, and only five measures with rolled four-note chords. The flute part is more virtuosic, with wide-ranging passages and leaps, trills, key clicks, flutter tongue, etc.
The significant points that need to be synchronized with the audio part are clearly marked. Various arrows denote changes of tempo in the audio part that must be adjusted to by the musicians. An outline of the audio part is included in the score only. The score abounds with meter changes, polyrhythms, quasi-canonic passages, dynamic extremes (pppp to ff) and tempo changes. This would be appropriate for university performance majors and faculty/professional musicians.'
John Baldwin, Percussive Notes, August, September 2009.
Difficulty Rating Scale
V - Advanced