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Zoom Tube (Flute Alone)


Composer: Clarke, Ian

Zoom Tube (Flute Alone) by Ian Clarke (b. 1964), Published by IC Music, written in 1999.

"Zoom Tube is a simply astonishing piece. .... Ian's genius lies in his ability to incorporate extended flute techniques for the flute in a way that are thoroughly powerful, natural and accessible musically" 
- from programme notes by Wissam Boustany.

Zoom Tube is a rhythmic blues influenced piece employing a raft of extended techniques to achieve its aims.  A stunning addition to the flute repertoire!  It has to be heard to be believed.  A challenge to learn but fortunately easier than it looks.  Since coming into print in 2001 Zoom Tube has regularly been programmed in professional and final year conservatoire recital performances.   It is advisable to play something like ‘The Great Train Race’ and ‘Spiral Lament or some of Robert Dick’s music before Zoom Tube!  Having said that there is plenty of explanation so previous experience with extended techniques is not a pre-requisite - just useful!

Zoom Tube has been used several times as an international competition piece including for the NFA’s 2006 Young Artists Competition.