New Sheet Music Release: Butterfly Effects for flute(s) & harp by Elizabeth Vercoe

Noteworthy Sheet Music has just published “Butterfly Effects”, an exciting work for flute and harp duo by the talented American composer Elizabeth Vercoe.
“Butterfly Effects for flute(s) and harp” by Elizabeth Vercoe
“Butterfly Effects for flute(s) and harp” by Elizabeth Vercoe
SOMERVILLE, Mass. - Dec. 18, 2014 - PRLog -- Butterfly Effects for flute(s) and harp is an intriguing and varied piece in seven sections in which the flutist is asked to play bass flute, alto flute, piccolo and concert flute.  The titles of the movements are the names of butterflies:  Mourningcloak, Banded Blue Pierrot, Common Jezebel, Question Mark, Monkey Puzzle, Karner Blues, and Psyche.  Fittingly, the strikingly beautiful image chosen for the cover of this new publication is of the painting "Jezebel Tapestry #2" by Louisa King Fraser, used with the artist's permission.

Butterfly Effects was written by Elizabeth Vercoe for the duo “2”, with flutist Peter H. Bloom and harpist Mary Jane Rupert, who premiered the first parts of the piece in Bangkok and the entire work in Illinois in 2010.  The following description of the work is excerpted from the composer’s preface to the Noteworthy Sheet Music edition: “All seven movements are short, some only a minute in length.  Mourningcloak, for alto flute and harp, is somber and reflective.  Banded Blue Pierrot (concert flute) is short and glittering.  Common Jezebel is a sultry tango for bass flute and harp that becomes increasingly chromatic and contrapuntal, requiring the harpist to do some fancy footwork.  Question Mark, also for bass flute, requires the flutist to use "beat boxing" and key slap techniques that maximize the percussive qualities of the flute.  Monkey Puzzle, in a kind of mimicry of the confusing antennae and pseudo antennae of the insect, flutters along to the middle of the piece and then proceeds backwards to the beginning in what is known as retrograde motion.  Karner Blues adopts some of the riffs of blues instrumentalists and singers in the only movement for piccolo.  Psyche, a word meaning breath or soul in Greek, is for concert flute and reminds us again of the Zhuangzi dream and the oneness of all living beings.”

Described by Gardner Read as “an exceptionally gifted composer,” Elizabeth Vercoe has been a composer at the St. Petersburg Spring Music Festival in Russia, the Cité International des Arts in Paris, and the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire.  She has won many awards, commissions, and publications along with grants from the Artists Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Her music is published by Noteworthy Sheet Music, Arsis Press, and Certosa Verlag and recorded on the Owl, Centaur, Capstone, and Navona labels.

Noteworthy Sheet Music, LLC (NSM) is an online sheet music publishing enterprise with a catalog of >130 editions, most of which are unavailable from other sources.  NSM specializes in, but is not limited to, sheet music for flute and alto flute.  They offer original contemporary works by distinguished American composers, facsimile editions of rare historical scores, and unique transcriptions of pieces from the classical repertoire.  Selected NSM publications are offered as professionally-printed hard copies, and all of NSM’s catalog listings are available as convenient pdf downloads from the NSM website.  Visit for additional information about the new release mentioned above and other NSM editions.  New sheet music selections are uploaded often, along with preview pages, contemporary composer biographies, useful links, reviews and articles.
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