«Über der Wiese schwebend» Op.88
For a short moment in time, we gain insight into some of the mysteries of the earth. 14 flutes are floating on a glass floor, suspended over a lush field. The flutes take on the voices of the field through the glass, and transmit the secrets of this hitherto undisclosed world, into the language of music. The glass floor works as a window on nature. It is also a magnifying glass that lets us see three different worlds of existence: the surface of the field, the soil beneath the surface, and deep inside the ground of the field. All three worlds carry different life forms. First, the flutes carry the voices of the field's colorful surface, and we are able hear the living creatures communicating with each other. Then, the glass floor lets us see deeper into the field. The flutes convey the life and communication between living organisms in the soil. Finally, and very deep into the earth, the glass floor reveals a final secret: a large valley that delivers all life. Here, «The Melody of Existence» keeps everything living carefully connected. Dedicated to Die 14 Berliner Flötisten.
Instrumentation: Piccolo:2 Flute: 3 Alto Flute:4 Bass Flute: 3 Contrabass Flute: 1 Subcontrabass Flute: 1
Composer: Flint Juventino Beppe
Year composed: 2016
First performance: December 11, 2016
World premiere in Die Philharmonie, Berlin by Die 14 Berliner Flötisten, under the artistic direction of Andreas Blau.
According to Beppe, this tone poem is not about imitating the sounds of nature, but rather; it tells a fictional story of what secrets a field may carry. The title and additional information is only meant to give the listener some clues about the composer's central idea.