Aitken: Icicle Program Notes

Canadian born musician Robert Aitken (b. 1939) has enjoyed an active and versatile career as a flutist, composer, and new music champion. The influence of non-Western music traditions on his compositional aesthetic is reflected in his sensitivity to microtonality, color, and timbre. Aitken belongs to a resurgent class of contemporary flutist-composers— a tradition that began in the Baroque era and proved crucial to the recognition of the flute as a virtuosic solo instrument— and their intimate knowledge of the instrument’s capabilities have laid the foundation for a new body of repertoire specifically tailored to the modern system flute.