Voices of Nagasaki is a composition by Wil Offermans for flute ensemble with an echo of the Nagasaki-history by using 'voices'. The piece was created to celebrate the 400 years relation between The Netherlands and Japan, and has been premiered on February 18th, 2001 in Nagasaki.
The ‘random voices’ (indicated in the score by the dotted lines) are performed by a larger group of people, preferably by the audience. It is advised to have a dedicated conductor, who instructs the audience before and during the performance. This conductor should indicate the start and ending of the various voice styles: whispering, laughing, disappointment and speaking (separate score included). It is advised to prepare 4 cardboard sign boards, one for each style. Download this free PDF to printout the 4 sign boards (A4).
title: Voices of Nagasaki
subtitle: for flute ensemble
composer: Wil Offermans
publisher: Zimmermann, Germany
instruments: solo flute; 1. flute; alto flute; bass flute; contrabass flute; cello (ad lib.); Glockenspiel/Conga (ad lib.); random voices (for audience participation)
duration: 7 minutes
language: introduction and explanation in German, French and English
score: 8 pages plus 8 part scores
notes: Voices of Nagasaki has been recorded by Wil Offermans at the CD Dejima Suite (CDE-001 / E-records).
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