The Spitalfields Festival includes the world premiere of a new work for solo flute, A Phoenix for Carla, by Nicola LeFanu.
The composer says that the piece ‘has eight short movements, played by the flutes in alternation [the work uses flute d’amore and alto flute]. It takes the form of double variations, the whole lasting about ten minutes. The beautiful tone quality of the flute d’amour was an inspiration, as was the infinite range of colour created by the microtonality of both instruments. The lyrical aspects of the music perhaps suggest memory and loss; but as the work progresses it becomes increasingly affirmative until it culminates in the image of the fabulous bird, resurgent.’The work is performed on 10 June by Carla Rees – to whom the work is dedicated – of the electro-acoustic ensemble rarescale.