"Kirsten's pirouette on a moon sliver (2011) was, slightly misleadingly, scored "for solo flute." In an arresting, world-premiere performance, flutist Tim Munro not only played but spoke, sang, spat, growled, howled and gibbered to evoke a murderous incarnation of the commedia dell'arte character of Harlequin." Richmond Times-Dispatch, October 7, 2011.
First video is a recent performance by Emma Resmini at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia on Oct 31st, 2017
Second video is of Tim Munro, flute. April 6, 2012. Ganz Hall Roosevelt University, Chicago
Composed in 2011 for vocalizing flutist - commissioned by Timothy Munro; text and music by the composer. Duration 10 minutes.
I’d like to introduce you to Harlequin – the real Harlequin. He’s an obsessive trickster, a devilish cad, a caustic judge, a demented jury of one; he’s an entertaining, evil, sly, and tortured beast who is terrorized by his own irredeemable nature. But, oh, how he can love. With a murderous zeal he binds himself to Colombine…for better or for worse.
And thus we find him, pirouetting on the edge and spinning one of his famously cryptic yarns in three parts: 1. Illusion (The set-up) 2. Delusion (Love Imagined and Destroyed) and 3. Dance of the Asinine (Coda).
pirouette on a moon sliver (a character study for Colombine's Paradise Theatre for eighth blackbird) is warmly dedicated to Tim Munro.