was composed for the flutist Daniela Mars
. Daniela specializes in bass flute, and one of my favorite aspects of the bass flute is how naturally the low register overblows, throwing off flickering harmonics. That became a prominent part of this piece, beginning with slow, ceremonial gestures which coalesce into a melody. Parts of the melody develop, beginning hushed and mysterious, then becoming increasingly urgent as the melody attempts to re-form, leading to a radiant conclusion.
Performance note: Conjuration is intended for bass flute, but it probably would still be effective on an alto flute (using the same written pitches), if a bass is unavailable. An ordinary C flute is likely to be too stable in the low register and thus unlikely to produce the intended sounds as well as lower flutes.