EFFUSION began as an attempt to acoustically produce the indistinguishable mixture (fusion) of flute and piano timbres. Flutter-tongue flute blends with a sizzle chain on the piano strings; muted piano echoes slap-tongue flute; air blown through the flute blurs into brushing of the low-register piano strings. Within this restricted set of sounds for the instruments, I then allowed myself to pour forth musical expression (effusion) and to develop the ideas which emerged. The musical parameters less affected by timbre–rhythm, phrasing, form–became the primary vehicles for expression.
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