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Flute in chamber music - trios:
ATLANTIC LEGEND (1983) for flute, viola & harpsichord by David Alpher evokes
images of the craggy, rock bound coast of New England and the timeless lore
of the North Atlantic. Although the instrumentation suggests a Baroque continuo
sound, the musical material is exclusively 20th Century. (1430)
AWAKENING for alto flute, guitar & string bass by Howard Buss is a soulful composition that is strongly influenced by the jewish Klezmer idiom. The music moves from a mystical, contemplative opening to an energetic finale. The rich, velvety color of the alto flute lends itself to the spiritual nature of the music. Color is added to the ensemble with the use of wind chimes, finger cymbals, and finger rolls on the body of the string bass. This work is a memorable addition to any recital, and because of its spiritual nature, makes a wonderful musical offering in a house of worship. (7) Grade IV.
Score sample (score in C): Opening.pdf
CONSTELLATIONS for flute, piano, and percussion (1 or 2 players) by Howard J. Buss is part of a series of compositions by the composer inspired by the awesome grandeur and beauty of the cosmos. The forward thrust, narrative quality, and colorful ambience of the music suggest the musicians are on a wondrous journey exploring a series of varied and colorful star systems. The juxtaposition between agitated chromatic passages and tonal, focused sections is analogous to the experience of viewing up-close, seemingly chaotic space "debris" (dust, rocks, gas, etc.) as contrasted with the beauty and exquisite organization of star systems viewed from afar. (13’15”) Grade V.
DISTANT THUNDER (1977, renotated 2005) for flute, one percussion & piano by Roger Vogel is an exciting work consisting of two main parts. A slow, mysterious opening segment is followed by a faster, rhythmic section which develops the opening ideas and builds to a strong and memorable climax. Percussion: Timpani (4), triangle, snare drum, glockenspiel, and temple blocks. (515) Grade V.
Excerpt 1 (the opening).mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3
FANTASIA (1988) for flute, clarinet & piano by Howard J. Buss. The musical material in this colorful composition moves gradually from the contemplative opening section to an intense and driving finish. The writing is fresh, and the music is full of vitality and vivid imagination. A fabulous sonic journey. - The Atlanta Constitution. (730) Grade V. Hear in its entirety: YouTube Video
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3
FUGUE AND POSTLUDE (1987,1995) for flute, bassoon & piano by Haskell Small combines a fugue, an older, more serious form of Baroque origin, with a thoroughly modern piece written in a free-wheeling, urban style of jazz. Regarding the contrasting characters of the two movements, the composer states, The postlude includes a reference to the fugues subject, but cannot sustain a properly serious attitude, quickly dissolving back into jazz. Haskell Small has been hailed by the Washington Post for his "rich imagination and assured mastery." The world premiere of Fugue and Postlude was performed on October 3, 1995 in Tokyo, Japan by flutist Yoshiko Ohta, Bassoonist Shigeru Ohta, and the composer on the piano. Recorded on the 4Tay Records CD Twisted Pine Branch. (8) Grade V.
Sound Samples: Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2.mp3
GLACIAL VISTAS (2013) for flute, clarinet & one percussion by Howard J. Buss was inspired by the composer’s visit to Glacier National Park in Montana during the summer of 2011. The 3 picturesque movements, Dawn, On the Trail, and In the Realm of Twin Falls, capture the awe-inspiring grandeur and beauty of the rugged landscape. Glacial Vistas was composed during the winter of 2011-12 and is dedicated to flutist John Bailey. It was premiered on January 24, 2013 in the Kimball Recital Hall on the campus of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln by John Bailey, flute; Diane Barger, clarinet; and Anthony Falcone, percussion. (15’15”) Grade V-VI.
Sound Samples: Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2.mp3; Movement 3 Excerpt 1 .mp3;
Movement 3 Excerpt 2 (the ending).mp3 View on YouTube at: Glacial Vistas I. Dawn, Glacial Vistas II. On the Trail, and Glacial Vistas III. In the Realm of Twin Falls
KOREANA (2015) for flute, clarinet and piano by Randall Snyder is a suite of traditional Korean folk songs harmonized in various Western styles. The gentle T’aryong was originally a movement from the monumental Yongsan Hoesang, an orchestral suite first notated in the 15th century. It was later adapted as the graceful Dance of the Crane. Han o baeng nyon is a folk song from the eastern province of Kangwondo (now divided between North and South Korea). Its existential lyrics speak of the transience of existence; even five hundred years is not enough time to fully experience life. The bluesy melody is harmonized in the style of Ravel. Arirang is the most well known of Korean melodies and exist in several distinct versions. This one, from Kyonggi Province around Seoul, features a pentatonic melody in a setting influenced by Aaron Copland. Sarag Ga is love song from a P’ansori, the uniquely Korean opera-like form performed by just a vocalist and single drummer. Its essentially monophonic texture is embellished with Neo-Classic dissonances and rhythms suggestive of Stravinsky. (6’50”) Grade IV.
Sound samples: # 1.mp3, # 2.mp3, # 3.mp3, # 4.mp3
NIGHT FLIGHT (1999) for piccolo, clarinet & piano by Howard J. Buss. This riveting work showcases the piccolo and clarinet, exploring their different registers and colors. It provides exciting contrasts between lyrical and technical sections. Night Flight was commissioned for the 1999 National Flute Association Convention in Atlanta and was premiered at the event by Rebecca Arrenson, piccolo; Robert E. Price, clarinet; & Paula Peace, piano. (9) Grade V-VI. Recorded by Lois Herbine, piccolo; Allison Herz, clarinet; and Charles Abramovic, piano on the critically-acclaimed Crystal Records CD "TAKE WING", available at http://www.crystalrecords.com/flute.html#CD713.
Sound samples: # 1.mp3; # 2.mp3; # 3.mp3
REMEMBRANCES (2000) for flute, cello & piano by Howard J. Buss is a lyrical, enjoyable work written in an appealing modern style. It was written immediately following the death of the composer's 97-year-old grandmother. Rather than being a somber memorial or musical epitaph, this charming and melodious composition is a celebration of life. The character of the opening section is contemplative. Gradually the music becomes more animated and Remembrances finishes in a spirit of buoyant optimism. (8) Grade IV. B366 $18.50 Score sample: Excerpt.pdf
SAINT FRANCIS AND THE ANIMALS for flute, clarinet, and harp by Howard J. Buss is a tribute to St. Francis of Assisi, the venerated Catholic friar, preacher, founder of several Orders, and lover of animals and the environment. It is in 2 movements, The Birds, and The Wolf. This work musically portrays two of the many well-known stories of how Saint Francis communicated with animals. Saint Francis and the Animals was commissioned by Kathleen Jones for ClarinetFest 2013 in Assisi, Italy. (11’30”)
Grade V. B434 $28.50
Sound Samples: Movement I, excerpt 1.mp3; Movement 1, excerpt 2.mp3; Movement II, excerpt 1.mp3; Movement II, excerpt 2.mp3; Movement II, excerpt 3.mp3
Videos on YouTube: I. The Birds, and II. The Wolf
SUITE TIME (1974) for flute, clarinet & bassoon by Zack Browning in 4 movements: Imaginary Time, Real Time, Easy Time, and Hard Time. As the "tongue-in- cheek" titles of the work and movements suggest, this is a work that is both fun to play and listen to. Written in a conservative yet fanciful modern style, there is a charming balance between unity and contrast throughout. This is a real audience pleaser! Grade IV. (11)
Sound samples:Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2.mp3;
Movement 3.mp3; Movement 4.mp3
TENNESSEE SUITE (2001) for flute, viola & piano by Howard J. Buss is based upon the composers visit to the Smoky Mountains, in 4 picturesque movements: Mystic Dawn, Treetop Capers, Cades Cove and The Trail to Abrams Falls. Written for Shelley Binder. (13) Grade V.
Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2 (the ending).mp3;
Movement 3.mp3; Movement 4.mp3
TRIO for flute, cello & piano by Haskell Small is in 3 movements: Allegro non-troppo, Andante, and Allegro molto energico " Haskell Small has been hailed by the Washington Post for his "rich imagination and assured mastery." Recorded on the CD 25 Preludes: A Musical Odyssey (Northeastern Classical Arts NR 242-CD) by Virginia Nanzetta, flute; Douglas Wolters, cello; and Haskell Small, piano. (10') Grade V.
Sound Samples: Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2.mp3; Movement 3.mp3
TURBULENT TIMES for flute, oboe & bassoon by Howard J. Buss was composed during 2009, a time when The Great Recession held its powerful grip much of the world, and uncertainty continued to build within American society. There was a general sense that the prosperity of the past may never return, and that the future may bring even more hardships. As the seemingly endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wore on, many did not expect peace to return in the foreseeable future. Yet, life went on. The music of Turbulent Times suggests the ebb and flow of the intense uncertainty felt by many with the more pleasant aspects of everyday life. Following the lyrical and plaintive introduction, stormy passages give way to sections of relative tranquility, only to reappear. (11’) Grade V.
Sound Samples: Excerpt_1.mp3; Excerpt_2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3 - Score Sample.pdf
TWO CAPRICES (2007) for flute, oboe & marimba by Howard Buss is a rousing showpiece in two engaging movements. Evocation moves from the mysterious opening to a beautiful extended section in a pensive mood. Romp features beautiful lyricism and spirited rhythms with a Latin flare. Two Caprices was composed for Amy Collins, oboe; Kim McCormick, flute; and Robert McCormick, marimba and was premiered by Ms. Collins and the McCormick Duo at the International Double Reed Society Conference hosted by Ithaca College (NY) in June 2007. (10'30") Grade V-VI. YouTube video
Sound Samples: Movement 1, Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Movement 2, Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3
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