5 Monochromatic Dances was originally written for the Dutch recorder
quartet BRISK, and is arranged here in a version for flute quartet.
The term “monochromatic” refers to an artistic technique
whereby a painting is done entirely in different shades of the same
color. This analogy resides here both in terms of instrumentation (the
4 flutes often focused within a similar range) and gesture (each
“dance” making use of only one or two ideas or means of
5 Monochromatic Dances may be performed in its entirety, or selected
movements played as a set.
Dedicated to Louis Andriessen.