Deux Morceaux for flute nonet
Lili Boulanger’s challenging “Two Pieces” exemplifies her extraordinary composer skills, as she was only 18 years old when composing this incredible piece for violin and piano. The Nocturne begins sparsely with bare octave patterns wound about a theme built from repetitive rise-and-fall figures. As the texture becomes thicker, the melody becomes more virtuosic. There is no harmonic resolution until the final ppp in the last bar. The Cortege is more lively without being fast. Shifting rhythmic accents, tricky runs, and contrasting dynamics make this an exciting piece.