Distinctive Tonal Music Inspired by Magical Places

Kokopelli: His Flutesong

ID: SM-000328299
ComposerMichael Mauldin
Arranger Michael Mauldin
PublisherMichael Mauldin
Year of composition 2008
Genre Classical / Symphonic music
Key A minor
Instrumentation Flute, Flute piccolo, Clarinet, Bassoon, Oboe, Horn, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Violin, Viola, Cello, Harp, Snare drum, Glockenspiel, Triangle, Timpani, Bass Clarinet, Bass viol
Scored forSymphonic orchestra
Type of scoreFull score, Parts
Duration 7'5"
Movement(s) 1 to 1 from 1
Difficulty Advanced
Description This is a re-arrangement and orchestration of a piece for pipe organ, which was commissioned by Saint Margaret’s Episcopal church in Palm Desert, California for the dedication recital of its new chancel organ and premiered there in 1999 by Michael Brittenback. Mr. Brittenback first sent me sound samples of the organ’s flute stops, for which the organ builder was famous. Several of them reminded me of the Native American flute, which brought to mind Kokopelli, the legendary flute-playing deity of the ancient Puebloans. Like most fertility deities, humpbacked Kokopelli was believed to have presided over courtship, childbirth and agriculture, including blowing away Winter and bringing the Spring. The Zuni associate Kokopelli with the rains. He was thought of as a trickster, but he also represented the spirit of music, which was a sacred and unifying force.

Several people who heard the premiere of the pipe-organ piece suggested it would make an effective work for orchestra. After hearing the stunning first performance of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony under its new director, Gabriel Gordon, I set out to re-arrange and orchestrate it for them. A video of their premiere performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4KkcJXzedM&list=FLqHu-S2l2EdyZRbmF5HyU4g

Licensed by ASCAP, 410951636
Upload date 20.03.2018


Sheet music file
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