Qui a vu le vent? Who has seen the wind?
for flute ensemble

Emily Hall
Emily Hall
Composition Date: 2012
Duration: 00:15:30
Genre: Woodwinds, Solo / Ensemble, Misc. Octets (Woodwinds Only)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 8 x Flute
Programme Note:
His ears were filled with the sound of the wind ... rising and rising again, shearing high and higher still, singing vibrance in a void, forever and forever wild.*
On the rural high plains of Wyoming, I read W.O. Mitchell’s famous novel “Who Has Seen the Wind,” a boy’s young life on the Saskatchewan prairies. These two experiences interconnected to form the stimulus for this music inspired by air, wind, space, colour, and texture. Wyoming’s landscape is in constant flux with ever-changing big skies – a myriad of weathers all in one sweep of the eye. Wind is ever-present in Mitchell’s novel, too. Like sound, wind is mysterious. It symbolically opens the protagonist’s awareness to those things beyond control and difficult to articulate, those things we can’t physically see, but whose presence is clearly felt. I wanted music you could get lost in, as if from a daydream; full of tremolos whose veiled
sound, enigmatic energy and surprising timbres give me the same joyous feeling described by Mitchell, of teetering on the precipice of being consciously aware of something new and
fascinating: The barest breath of a wind stirred at his face, and its caress was part of the strange enchantment too. Within him was something opening, releasing shyly … he dared not turn his mind to it for fear that he might spoil it… He was filled with breathlessness and expectancy.*
*Mitchell, W.O. “Who Has Seen The Wind.” Toronto: McLelland and Stewart, 1947. pp. 139 & 338.

Premiere Information:
12 février 2013, Montréal, Conservatoire de musique de Montréal; Ensemble de flûtes Alizé, ECM +; Véronique Lacroix, dir.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 5158 H175qui
  • Genre:
  • Woodwinds, Solo / Ensemble, Misc. Octets (Woodwinds Only)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • June 25, 2013
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 partition (iii, 59 p.) ;
    62 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Width: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Pour octuor de flûtes: 2 piccolo, 2 flûtes en do, 2 flûtes en alto, 2 flûtes basse.
    Oeuvre déposée au CMC Québec.
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