Caprice di Bhangra Dance for flute sextet
What do you get when you mix a traditional Western instrument with an Eastern style of music? That is the question answered in Caprice di Bhangra Dance. This piece digs down into my roots from the state of Punjab in Northern India, with bhangra being a type of music and dance from the region. Known for its high energy and upbeat rhythms, it can be heard at Indian wedding receptions around the globe. There are even competitions held for bhangra dance teams.
The piece starts out with a slow, quiet entrance by the alto. However, it transitions capriciously into a fast dance feel, with the other flutes in tow. Hand claps and foot stomps give the piece a more folk-like feel, reminiscent of my village/farming roots in Punjab. The various flutes take turns leading different passages, with the alto providing the finish.
With mixed rhythms and dynamics in all parts, Caprice di Bhangra Dance is sure to spice up the flavor of a flute choir’s repertoire.