The Connemara: Flute Concerto No. 2

Dave Heath (1956)

The Connemara: Flute Concerto No. 2 1992

flute, strings

Having failed to get a performance for one of my largest pieces to date, "Rise from the Dark" (full symphony orchestra), which I wrote between 1984- 1987; but even worse, living in the great estate agent's con, Stoke Newington, I decided to write a "beautiful" piece in contrast to the mess surrounding me. I used to always imagine living in a coastal village of Ireland or Scotland, and this gave me musical ideas which I decided to use when Jonathan Rees asked me to write a piece for the Scottish Ensemble. I used these ideas as a basis and called the piece The Connemara after a beautiful Irish town.

The Connemara is in one movement three-section form, fast-slow-fast, and is influenced not only by the modern jazz harmony of Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, but also by the sounds of the Japanese koto and shakuhachi. When I play the piece myself, I use many alternative fingerings to give the piece an exotic flavour. It is fifteen minutes long.

Dave Heath

27.8.92 Edinburgh International Festival: Dave Heath (flute) / Scottish Ensemble / Jonathan Rees