Griebling-Haigh: Coquin'arena for Six Part Flute Choir
Code: JP8011 ISMN: 979-0-3019-0288-2
Coquin'arena was composed in 1998 as part of an ongoing
annual collaboration between the Cleveland Composers
Guild and the Cleveland Music School Settlement. The
project, called "Creativity: Learning Through
Experience", culminates in premiere performances by
Settlement students of compositions written specifically
for them by members of the Guild. This work was first
performed by the Settlement flute ensemble,
"Flautrageous", in April 1998.
Coquin'arena is a contraction of "coquina" (the tiny bivalve mollusks so
prevalent on Florida beaches) and "arena" (Spanish for beach or sand). It
features a languid theme in triple meter depicting steady waves on the
shore. The third beat in each of these measures is where the activity
occurs: as the waves lap over them, the tiny coquinas vigorously burrow
down into the wet sand for protection. This material is interspersed with
mixed meter, syncopated, quirky music representing other sorts of
beach inhabitants, such as wading birds and crabs, who strut or
scamper in unpredictable ways.
The instrumentation is 3 flutes, 1 flute/piccolo, alto
flute, and bass flute. Score/parts included. Duration 5:30.