Continuing the line of works for solo instrument combined with soundtrack (Auburn, Oog and Just Before), Rekindle integrates the play of changing perspectives between live and prerecorded sound.

Rekindle is a dialogue between the flute and the soundtrack, the two elements ‘rekindling’ one another’s material. The soundtrack takes notes over from the flute, deforming or prolonging them into new gestures and producing resonating flute chords. The flute in turn reacts to these electronic sounds. As the material is passed back and forth, pulsating rhythms in the soundtrack create a rhythmic blueprint for an increasingly virtuosic dialogue. At the work’s climax, the soundtrack takes control, forcing the flute into a flurry of sequential outbursts.
The flutist determines the interplay with the soundtrack partly by ear, at times synchronized to set musical markers.


for flute and soundtrack

flute, with B-foot

soundtrack (from CD)


Duration 8'
First performance 14 February 2010, flute and soundtrack
Jane Mitchell, flute
Commissioned by Kettle's Yard with grant-aid for the 2009-10 New Music Series and the Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten. Dedicated to Martijn ten Napel
Published by Boosey & Hawkes


Last performance:

  • 24 July 2015
    E-mex ensemble
    Evelin Degen, Flöte
    19.30 hrs, Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing , China