Willem Boogman


Passacaglia for flute

Review Passacaglia for flute

Rachel Shirley in: Pan, The Journal of the British Flute Society, November 2017:

›This Passacaglia for solo flute, written in 2015, is a set of seven variations on an original theme. It is an intriguing, melancholy melody, starting so quietly the part is marked to play »to yourself«. The whole piece requires great control over dynamics – often alternating between a loud low register and quiet high register in the variations – to bring out the different ›voices‹ in the variations, »as if there were more players«. Boogman has drawn inspiration from J.S. Bach and this is evident in the way he develops the material through the variations, before slowing and fading back into the theme to end. A thoughtful short piece which would work well alongside Baroque repertoire, showing some of the same techniques in a contemporary context.‹