Owls is the story of a hunt. It begins at dusk, the mysterious hour, when night birds are just opening their eyes. Then their wings slowly start to flap… it is time to fly! In the dark sky, the owls seem to dance, moving in circles with their eyes wide open. They are aware of every movement. Their flight is completely silent; they look like dangerous shadows… until they hasten to their prey. The pursuit is on… and the owls always win! A big part of Owls is based on a special mode: while one voice evolves in a chromatic scale, another voice alternates perfect fourths and fifths with it.
A thoroughly engaging trio inspired by a friend’s painting, this newly composed piece by a conservatory student puts everything we think about the recorder to the test. Occasional extended techniques make use of the flexibility of our instrument, and finger-twisting chromatic patterns invoke our daily practice regimen. Separate parts and play-along software exports are available for ARS members at www.americanrecorder.org and a live recording is published on YouTube at https://youtu.be/pM46rDtLGUY.