1. listen

The underlying idea for the piece is given in the title, and began with an interest in the etymological forms of the word ‘canto’ (from the latin ‘cantus’). Fiato is the Italian for ‘breath,’ and in the refrain of the piece, the ensemble is asked to play a self-generating melodic figure, in rhythmic unison, but without any durational indications. In this instance the breath of the players co-ordinates the melody. This continuum of melody and breath, is also a perfect metaphor for the recorder, as it is the interplay of these two concepts that brings about the characteristic timbre and intimate qualities of the instrument.