About: This piece was born out the evocative combination of alto flute and harp. The instruments have a particularly “hypnotic” sound, so I crafted music exploring the three main stages of hypnosis.
The first stage is Hypnoidal, “a light stage of hypnosis, characterized by fluttering eye movements.” The second movement reflects a deeper state — Cataleptic — characterized by side-to-side eye movements. The final movement, Somnambulistic, demonstrates the deepest stage of hypnosis, characterized by the eyes rolling back into the head (also described as sleepwalking).
Premiere: Peter Speziale and Eileen Holt on August 4th, 2012 at the Mission Viejo Community Center, Mission Viejo, CA.
Instrumentation: alto flute, harp
Duration: ca. 13 minutes