Traverso Mistico
composer: Nancy Galbraith (2006)
genres: electroacoustic; chamber
length: 3 movements, 15:00 minutes
orchestration: solo amplified flute (with reverb & delay pedals),
solo amplified cello; harp, harpsichord,
2 percussion; string quintet
publisher: Subito Music Publishing (ASCAP)
60 Depot Street, Verona, NJ 07044 • 973-857-3440

world premiere: 8 April 2006
Stephen Schultz, electroacoustic Baroque flute • Barney Culver, electric cello
Carnegie Mellon Contemporary EnsembleWalter Morales, conductor
Kresge Recital Hall, Carnegie Mellon University • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
movements: 1. Day One    2. The Joy of Sadness    3. Thoughts Without Words
program notes:

The work features a traverso flute (or, alternately, a modern C flute) played through a guitar processor that provides amplification along with intermittent reverb and echoing effects. The solo cello is also amplified, along with the ensemble's harpsichord. The ensemble is built upon the Baroque chamber model with the addition of a modern battery of percussion that includes vibraphone (with bows and mallets), xylophone, bongos, cowbell, and tuned gongs.

"Traverso Mistico" is dedicated to flutist Stephen Schultz, founder of American Baroque, whose innovative concert and recording programs combine 18th century music with new works composed for the group through collaborations and commissions from contemporary American composers.

press bytes: Traverso Mistico... is a bit less consonant harmonically than the others, exhibiting a slightly Asian/Impressionistic flavor, so here is where the scent of [Lou] Harrison is strongest. The second of its three movements evokes a beautiful sense of rapture, while the subtle treatment of instrumental timbres—especially the electric flute and harpsichord—is exquisite. — Fanfare Magazine
recordings: Nancy Galbraith ~ Other Sun
Centaur Records • 2011 • CR 3106