Raga Nau

Derek Charke
Derek Charke
Composition Date: 2013
Duration: 00:04:30
Genre: Woodwinds, Solo / Ensemble, Misc. Quintets


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 5 x Flute
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Programme Note:
Raga Nau is in 9/8 time, subdivided 3 2 2 2. ‘Nau’ is the English translation of the number nine in Hindi. Raga Nau is not based on an authentic Raga, but rather attempts to emulate the sound world through the use of various extended flute techniques. It is repetitive and meditative in character. Similar to my other Raga flute works, Raga Nau plays with several polyrhythmic patterns that define the rhythmic flavour of the piece. At any time several distinctive subdivisions of the 9/8 time are at play. The alto and bass flutes act an isorhythmic talea, perhaps imitative of the tabla. While the other three voices provide melodic figurations. Many sounds are created with a technique whereby the flutist must enunciate the word ‘cha’ to produce the desired ‘toneless’ and rough sounding effect.

Premiere Information:
New Orleans
Mariott New Orleans
9 Aug 2013
2013 National Flute Convention. Sonja Giles, Kim Scott, Erica Peel, Shivhan Dohse, Christine Beard and Derek Charke, flutes


  • Call Number:
  • MI 5152 C473ra
  • Genre:
  • Woodwinds, Solo / Ensemble, Misc. Quintets
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • June 27, 2013
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (27 p.) ;
    27 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 14
    5 parts ([14] p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • commissioned by Sonja Giles and Kim Scott
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