For solo flute and flute ensemble (8 flutes or 8-part flute choir)
For the ensemble: part 1 for flute/piccolo, 2-6 for flute, 7-8 for flute/alto flute.
Commisioned by Atarah Ben Tovim for the British Flute Society Convention 2006 in
Manchester. It was premiered there the August 20th by Philippa Davies on solo flute accompanied by a large flute choir.
The object was to write a short piece with a substantial solo part and ensemble parts that do
not need much rehearsing but are fun to play. The ensemble can consist of 8 flute players or a flute choir where every part is doubled,
tripled, etc, as long as a balance can be achieved where the solo flute is still audible.
The title is not meant to convey a deeper meaning but if you want to know its background:
I started writing the piece on Orkney and the horizontally layered rocks there inspired the
ensemble parts at the beginning. The free solo part on top made me think of someone peeking
over a rock which brought up the image of the Lorelei, having once learned that the name
derives from Luren ( = peer at, to spy on) and Lei ( = rock). A lucky coincidence too good not to be used. The old spelling Lureley even adds the association with the English to lure which made it even better.
On the other hand I had absolutely no intention of going into teh 19th century romantic imagery
of a tragic femme fatale, so I twisted it around to a more contempory image of a woman who
delights in leading the dance of chasing her victims around. Hence Lurely's Delight.