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Ruach

12 Miniatures For Two Flutists

Transposed Score
by Christian Asplund
Provo: February 2004
Performance Notes:

Alto flute parts are transposed (i.e. written a perfect fourth higher than sounding)
in this score. Piccolo parts are written an octave lower than sounding. A concert
pitch score also exists under separate cover.

This piece requires two flutists, each of whom needs a flute, a piccolo, and an alto
flute.

Flutists may play different parts in different movements.

Program Notes:
Movements are titled after letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Quotes in footnotes and
interpretations of Hebrew letters are taken from Friedrich Weinrebs VOR BABEL, Die
Welt der Ursprache, translated by Owen Clark and Rebecca Clark. The movements are
as follows:
d (Daleth: Door)
h (He Window)
w (Waw: Hook)
z (Zayin: Sword)
x (Cheth: Enclosure)
m (Mem: Water)
n (Nun: Fish)
( (Ayin: Eye)
p (Peh: Mouth)
r (Resh: Face)
# (Shin: Tooth)
t (Taw: The Cross)
Ruach is a Hebrew word meaning, variously, spirit, wind, sound, tone, voice, vowel. The Ruach
is the part of the tripartite soul that animates the nephesh, or body, and binds it to the neshamah,
that part of the soul that comes directly from God. Weinreb describes ruach in terms of its role in

language as the vowels, which have no written representation, and which give voice to the
consonants that provide the form of language. Each of the Hebrew letters has a symbolic
meaning and a number that it represents. The sequence of Hebrew letters symbolically outlines
both the creation of the universe and the conception and birth of a person. Quotes below and in
footnotes throughout the score are from Weinreb.
"Daleth/4: the door of decision[,] conveys that when our experiences carry us to the limits of
usual perceptions and expectations, we face the possibility of going outside of them."
"He/5: the window of life. He lets us know that rather than leave the confines of our world, we
may let in the light of what cannot be expressed here."
"Waw/6 binds the worlds. Waw, as man of the 6th day, is the hook which can bind worlds
in a way not possible previously. The story of the Bible likewise binds our world to eternity."
"Zayin: man as weapon. Zayin, man acting in the gratuitous fashion of God, is the weapon to
fight the utilitarianism which is the enemy to God."
"Cheth/8: the enclosure of self-satisfaction. Cheth/8 represents the temptation to believe that our
struggles can end while we are yet in this life. It is a small step from the light let in by the
opening of he/5 to the darkness of being closed off to all but our own devises and understanding."
"Mem/40: time passes. Mem is 4 on a new level; it is the full duration of movement, hence time."
"Nun/50: the fish swims in time. Nun/50 brings life to time just as the window of he/5 brings
light into the house. Man risks drowning in time, which means losing his individuality in
conforming to the demands of this world."
"Ayin/70: the eye sees. The form of ayin/70 shows the connection of waw/6, man and zayin/7,
this present world. Ayin takes in everything that can be seen."
"Peh/80: the mouth speaks. From peh, the mouth, comes forth the word, whose poetry and
harmony can bring redemption."
"Resh/200: the full head of man appears. With resh/200, the head, man's full face, first appears."
"Shin/300: the tooth digests our experiences. Shin/300,... has 2 forms, dependent upon how man
"speaks" his "6's and7's", how man encounters life."
"Taw/400: all ends in the sign of the cross. [It] is truly the end, and also the purpose of
suffering."

(Daleth: Door)*

Transposed Score
and Expressive
Sweeping

Flute

q = c. 90 Smooth yet precise.

mf


Fl.


A. Fl.


Fl.
5

A. Fl.

Alto Flute

Plain and distinct

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ff

*"Daleth/4: the door of decision[,] conveys that when our experiences carry us to the limits of
usual perceptions and expectations, we face the possibility of going outside of them."

hH

Transposed Score

(He - Window)*


Alto Flute

Mysterious. Airy.
7 q = c. 118-134

mp

Alto Flute

10


A. Fl.

A. Fl.

A. Fl.

A. Fl.

16


A. Fl.

13

mp

A. Fl.

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*"He/5: the window of life. He lets us know that rather than leave the confines of our world, we may let in the light of what cannot be expressed here."

19

A. Fl.

A. Fl.


22

A. Fl.

A. Fl.

A. Fl.

Slower q = c. 80
Take piccolo

Picc.


32


Picc.

mf

A. Fl.

Vamp until other flutist is ready


(as few times as necessary).

mf
espressivo

A. Fl.

29 Piccolo

25

A. Fl.

35


Picc.
A. Fl.


Picc.
39

A. Fl.



Picc.

Picc.
48

A. Fl.


Picc.
51

A. Fl.

43

A. Fl.


Picc.
55

A. Fl.

58

Picc.
62


Picc.
A. Fl.

68

65


Picc.
A. Fl.

Picc.

A. Fl.

A. Fl.


Picc.

71

A. Fl.

75

Picc.

A. Fl.

A. Fl.

79

Picc.

Picc.
86

Picc.

A. Fl.

83

A. Fl.

(Waw: Hook)*

Transposed Score

Alto Flute

Mysterious and Marked


90 q = c. 80-115

Alto Flute


(e)

93

A. Fl.

A. Fl.

96

A. Fl.

(e)

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(e)

mp

(e)

A. Fl.

mf

A. Fl.

A. Fl.


(e)

(e)

(e)

99

(e)

Switch Parts

*"Waw/6 binds the worlds. Waw, as man of the 6th day, is the hook which can bind worlds
in a way not possible previously. The story of the Bible likewise binds our world to eternity."

(Zayin: Sword)*

Transposed Score

q = c. 95-110

102

Flute

Non vibrato. Smooth and somewhat breathy.

mp

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Precise and marked.


Alto Flute

Fl.
105

A. Fl.


Fl.
108

A. Fl.

Sweetly


Fl.
111

A. Fl.

mp


Fl.
114

A. Fl.

*"Zayin: man as weapon. Zayini, man acting in the gratuitous fashion of God, is the weapon to fight the utilitarianism which is the enemy to God."

10


Fl.
117

A. Fl.

120

123

126

rit.

Fl.

128

A. Fl.


Fl.
A. Fl.


Fl.
A. Fl.

Fl.
A. Fl.

Transposed Score

11

(Cheth: Enclosure)*

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Alto Flute



q = c. 108-132

131

mf

mp

Alto Flute


A. Fl.

134

A. Fl.

138


A. Fl.

140

A. Fl.

mp

mf


A. Fl.

A. Fl.

Switch Parts

*"Cheth/8: the enclosure of self-satisfaction. Cheth/8 represents the temptation to believe that our struggles can end while
we are yet in this life. It is a small step from the light let in by the opening of he/5 to the darkness of being closed off
to all but our own devises and understanding."

12

(Mem: Water)*

Transposed Score

142 q = c. 110-155

Alto
Flutes

. .

145

148

A. Fl.


. .

. .

153

158

A. Fl.

. .

. .

A. Fl.

. .



A. Fl.

. .

. .

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Switch Parts

*"Mem/40: time passes. Mem is 4 on a new level; it is the full duration of movement, hence time."

Flutes

(Nun: Fish)*



162

13

q = c. 98

mf

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sim.

165

Fl.

pp

172

Fl.

mf


f
170

Fl.




168

Fl.

*"Nun/50: the fish swims in time. Nun/50 brings life to time just as the window of he/5 brings light into the house. Man risks
drowning in time, which means losing his individuality in conforming to the demands of this world."

14

174

Fl.

182

Fl.

180

Fl.

178

Fl.

176

Fl.

184

Fl.

A bit faster

186

Fl.

188

Fl.

15


Fl.



190

192

Fl.

16

Fl.

196

Fl.

198

Fl.

205

Fl.

203

Fl.

194

(Ayin: Eye)*

Luminous

Flute

208 Sing lower pitch

Flute

215

Fl.

Fl.


Fl.

Fl.

229

235

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pp

Fl.
Fl.

223

Fl.

Sing lower pitch


Fl.

17

pp

*"Ayin/70: the eye sees. The form of ayin/70 shows the connection of waw/6, man and zayin/7, this present world. Ayin takes in everything that can be seen."

18

(Peh: Mouth)*

Trasnposed Score


Alto Flute

241

e = c. 95 With Intensity.

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Triangle notehead on first space = exhale audibly (not into flute)


Triangle notehead on fourth space = inhale audibly (not into flute)

mp

Flute


A. Fl.

245

exhale audibly
(not into flute)

inhale audibly
(not into flute)

Fl.




A. Fl.
249

Fl.


A. Fl.

exhale audibly
252 (not into flute)

mp

inhale audibly
(not into flute)

pp


Fl.

*"Peh/80: the mouth speaks. From peh, the mouth, comes forth the word, whose poetry and harmony can bring redemption."

254


A. Fl.

Fl.

258

A. Fl.
260

Fl.

A. Fl.
Fl.

256


A. Fl.

Fl.

19

20
Transposed Score
Dolcissimo q = c. 72-88
261

Piccolo

mp

Alto Flute

Picc.
264


A. Fl.

Picc.

270

A. Fl.


Picc.

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267

A. Fl.

(Resh: Face)*

*"Resh/200: the full head of man appears. With resh/200, the head, man's full face, first appears."

Piccolo

Piccolo


Picc.

Picc.
282

Picc.


Picc.
285

278

Picc.

21
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(Shin: Tooth)*

q = c. 100

274

3 3
3 3

Picc.

3
6
*"Shin/300: the tooth digests our experiences. Shin/300,... has 2 forms, dependent upon how
man "speaks" his "6's and7's", how man encounters life."

22

287

Picc.

Picc.

289

Picc.

Picc.

290

Picc.

Picc.


Picc.
292

Picc.



294

Picc.
Picc.


Picc.
296

Picc.

Picc.

298

Picc.

Picc.

23

297

Picc.

3 3

dim. poco a poco al fine

3
3

24

301

Picc.

Picc.

Picc.
303

Picc.

,
,

25

(Taw: The Cross)*


Cross to opposite sides of the stage (this movement only). Flutist on stage left should
move to edge of stage right. Flutist on stage right should move to edge of stage left.

simple. profound. optimistic


q = c. 90-118

Flute

306

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mp

Flute


Fl.
309

mp

Fl.

Fl.

Fl.

312

Switch Parts

(attacca)

*"Taw/400: all ends in the sign of the cross. [It] is truly the end, and also the purpose of suffering."