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(All audio samples recorded by Flutes on the Brink, unless marked otherwise.)


By the way: Most of my music can be picked up at Flutist's Faire., convenient to those who live in the Washington area.





Flute Joy!

NEW!



Written for the 10,000 Lakes Flute Orchestra to Open the 2017 NFA Convention
in Celebration of the Reunion of the World's Flute Family,
Dr. Pamela Youngblood, Conductor


Is your concert an occasion for joy? Then open it with jubilant exuberance! Let Flute Joy! put everyone in the mood with giddy mixed meter euphoria.


Scored for piccolo, 4 flutes, alto flute, bass flute, and optional contrabass flute. Performance time: approximately 1:15


Hear the premiere by the 250-member 10,00 Lakes Flute Orchestra: Flute Joy!


Published by ALRY Publications




Sierra Morning Freedom


NEW!



Commissioned by Jewel City Flute Choir, Francine Ross Pancost, Director

This piece offers two unfettered vignettes from a morning ride in the Sierra mountains. The first, Descending Curves, revels in the freedom and adventure, exalts in the rush of wind and adrenaline, of the rapid winding road, away from all things manmade. The second movement, Peregrine, describes the grandeur and speed of the peregrine falcon's enthralling flight, its call echoing off canyon walls.


Scored for piccolo, 4 flutes, alto flute, bass flute, and optional contrabass flute. Performance time: approximately 1:15


Hear a performance by Flutes on the Brink:
Descending Curves
Peregrine

Published by Falls House Press / Theodore Presser
Also available from Flute World




Legend of Llyn Llech Owain (Flute Choir Version)

NEW!


Originally written at the request of the NFA Low Flute Commitee for the 2015 Convention

Now scored for flute choir for premiere by the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra, July 2016, New England Conservatory

Legend of Llyn Llech Owain (Lake of Owen's Stone) is inspired by Sir Lewis Morris's poem Llyn Owain: A Legend of the Vale of Towy and the many other stories of the lake known as Llyn Llech Owain in Wales.


Scored for 4 Concert Flutes, 2 Alto Flutes, 1 Bass Flute, and 1 Contrabass Flute. Performance time: 4.5 minutes


Listen to the premiere by the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra, Paige Long, Director:
Legend of Llyn Llech Owain by MFO.

Published by Tetractys Publishing




OMG We Touched! (A Musical in One Breathless Act)


Commissioned by the McDaniel College Flute Choir, Linda Kirkpatrick, Director.

In the space of a few tentative heartbeats, longing rockets into the ecstatic effervescence of a new love, caroming from each gesture, whisper, reaction, then slowly calming in reveries only to ascend again.


Scored for piccolo, 4 flutes, alto flute, bass flute, and optional contrabass flute. Performance time: 5 to 6 minutes



Listen to a performance at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention by Flute Cocktail

Published by ALRY Publications
Available from Flute World




I Paused in the Wood


Honorable Mention in the NFA 2017 Newly-Published Music Competition

Commissioned by Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra Flute Choir, Linda Crisafulli, Director.

On a trip through the woods, an attentive ear pauses four times to listen. Here are the stories it recorded. "The Brook's Tale" is a flowing riparian idyll, peacefully rising and falling, but mostly falling in overlapping cascades. "A Tree Speaks of Winter" recalls the long gripping freeze and then the slow return of the first sap. The grand freedom of flight is the theme of "The Bird's Tale," as the bird speaks of circling over the landscape, effortlessly rising in the updrafts. The piece ends in abandon as the squirrels take to the trees in "Squirrel Joy."

"Cohen ... writes well for each instrument.... His writing is evocative, graceful, and interesting...." - Jessica Dunnavant, The Flutist Quarterly, Spring, 2017


Scored for piccolo, 4 C flutes, alto flute, bass flute, and optional contrabass flute. Performance time: 8 minutes.


Listen to a performance by Flutes on the Brink:
The Brook's Tale
A Tree Speaks of Winter
The Bird's Tale
Squirrel Joy


Published by Falls House Press / Theodore Presser
Available from Flute World and Carolyn Nussbaum




Flutes of Nature


Winner of the NFA 2017 Newly-Published Music Competition

Commissioned by Darrin Thaves and the Pacific Flute Ensemble for premiere at the 2016 NFA Convention.

Here are three vignettes from the outdoors: A Boy and His Tiger describes the childhood joy and freedom of a sunny Saturday morning spent looking for adventure and fun in the woods with a friend. Snow Falling on the Hawlings River describes a peaceful moment as I hiked along the Hawlings river in Maryland and watched big flakes of snow settling silently into the winding water. The Pine Squirrel Tarantella was inspired by the tiny pine squirrels found in the high country of The Rockies. While squirrels can dance as the group with great gusto and quick motions, the result is not necessarily in synchrony.


Scored for piccolo, 4 flutes, alto, bass, and contrabass or bass 2. Performance time: 5 to 6 minutes.


Listen to the premiere performance by the Pacific Flute Ensemble:
A Boy and his Tiger
Snow Falling on the Hawlings River
The Pine Squirrel Tarantella


Published by Falls House Press / Theodore Presser
Available from Flute World and Carolyn Nussbaum




She Flutters Me!


Finalist in the NFA 2016 Newly-Published Music Competition

Commissioned for NFA's 2015 High School Flute Choir, Debbie Gilbert, Conductor.

Here are adrenaline-filled impressions of new love: incandescent glances, scintillating touches, crushing miscues, soaring daydreams. The piece begins with the exhilarated She Smiled At Me - Twice!, an exuberant celebration shouting joy to the whole world presented in alternating meter. But joy is stopped cold by to the dark blue Oh, She Has a Boyfriend..., in which the flutters of rapture turn to the buzzings of despair. But all is made right with the final movement, She Loves Me!, a rollicking jig happily interrupted by warm daydreams.

"This whimsical and charming composition would be an excellent addition to a flute choir program and is likely to elicit smiles from all involved." - D.B.S., Flute Talk, April 2016

Scored for piccolo, 4 flutes, alto, bass, and optional contrabass. Performance time: 6 to 7 minutes.


Listen to the premiere by the High School Flute Choir:
She Smiled At Me - Twice!
Oh, She Has a Boyfriend
She Loves Me!

Published by Falls House Press / Theodore Presser
Also available from Flute World and Carolyn Nussbaum




Flute 66

Winner of the NFA 2016 Newly-Published Music Competition

Play your licks on Flute 66.

Bomb down the open highway in your shades, playing jazz with some tight chords. Flute 66 takes your audience on a classy road trip where cool jazz meets the big band sound. All parts are interesting, important, fun, and just a little challenging. Play it straight off the paper and it swings.



Scored for piccolo, 4 C flutes, alto, bass, and optional contrabass. Performance time: approximately 3 minutes.


Listen to a performance by the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory:
Flute 66


Published by ALRY Publications
Available from Flute World







Deep Space Heat Wave


Finalist in the 2016 Newly-Published Music Competition


Premiered at the 2014 NFA Convention in Chicago


Deep Space Heat Wave was written at the request of the NFA's Low Flute Committee.

Far out in space, the only indication of man's existence is the occasional passage of long-forgotten signals, the dit-dit-dit dah-dah-dah dit-dit-dit of an SOS. But space is not empty. The dance of the unknown and unknowable would be both rhythmic and cacophonous if we could but hear it. Play Deep Space Heat Wave and gambol in the cosmic whirl.


Scored for 12 low flutes, but suitable for standard flute choir. Each of the 12 parts has a preferred instrument ranging from alto downward, but also has an alternate part in another key (G or C). Performance time: approximately 4:30.


Listen to the premiere performance by the NFA's Deep Space 9 Low Flutes Ensemble under the direction of Christine Potter.


Published by Tetractys Publishing
Available from Flute World




Danse des Mystères


Premiered at the 2013 NFA Convention in New Orleans

Inspired by the many ghost stories of New Orleans. Commissioned by Danielle Breisach and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Flute Choir for the 41st NFA Annual Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.

"It is exciting, mysterious. There is suspense and anticipation.... I can see the old mansions, the various spirits reassembling in their elegant but tattered diaphanous garments, gliding from room to room, preparing themselves for their grand masked macabre ball that is to come... followed by their dancing and their ultimate dispersal and sudden flight as they disappear into the ether." - Serge Paul-Emile



Scored for piccolo, 4 C flutes, alto flute, bass flute, and (optional) contrabass flute. Approximately 5:30.


Listen to a performance by Flutes on the Brink:
Danse des Mystères


Listen to the premiere by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Flute Choir:
Danse des Mystères


Published by ALRY Publications ... also available from Flute World







L'Esprit des Petits Enfants


Finalist in the 2015 NFA Newly Published Music Competition


Premiered at the 2013 NFA Convention in New Orleans

L'Esprit des Petits Enfants (Spirit of the Little Children) was Commissioned by Pamela Youngblood for the Texas Woman's University and Brookhaven Flute Choirs.

Inspired by the many spirits of New Orleans and premiered at the New Orleans NFA Convention.

This piece expresses the joy, energy, and darting interest that exude from young children. From the beginning, the music happily careens between exuberant speed and flowing exaltation, eventually accelerating as it crashes into an all-to-brief naptime before plunging again into breathless abandon. Feel the joy!



Scored for piccolo, 4 concert flutes, alto flute, bass flute, and optional contrabass flute or bass flute 2. Performance time: approximately 4:15.


Listen to a performance by the Texas Woman's University and Brookhaven Flute Choirs:
L'Esprit des Petits Enfants

Listen to a performance by the 2016 NFA Convention High School Flute Choir:
L'Esprit des Petits Enfants


Published by ALRY Publications ... also available from Flute World and Carolyn Nussbaum







Out of Their Rinds
(Five Fresh Squeezed Citrus Soliloquies)


Honorable Mention in the 2014 NFA Newly Published Music Competition

Share five juicy stories with your audience from the fruity world of citrus land. The piece begins with the jaunty jig Gigue L'Orange, then goes a bit off kilter with An Ugli Fruit Goes Bad, featuring the low flutes in a minor and somewhat sinister dance. The piccolo then leads in the hornpipe Lemon-Lime, So Sublime. The Wistful Grapefruit is a bittersweet Celtic air. Finally, the piece finishes with the bouncy and nautical Voyage of the Clementines.

"The music itself bubbles with Cohen's delightful wit and colorful instrumentation. A nice characteristic of his music is the fact that the third and fourth flutes do not have to feel like neglected children. There are also sections that feature the low instruments. This is a jolly engaging work, fun to put together and sure to interest the audience." - A.B.R., Flute Talk, October 2013


Scored for piccolo, 4 C flutes, alto flute, bass flute, and optional contrabass or second bass flute. (Subcontrabass in G part is available by request.) Performance time: approximately 9 minutes.


Listen to the five movements:
Gigue L'Orange
An Ugli Fruit Goes Bad
Lemon-Lime, So Sublime
The Wistful Grapefruit
Voyage of the Clementines

Published by Falls House Press and distributed by Theodore Presser    
... also available from Carolyn Nussbaum Music and Flute World







Flute Frenzy



Commissioned by Flute Frenzy, this piece lives up to its name. Announce your presence with this in-your-face concert opener or send the audience off with a blast. This driving piece uses alternating meter to whip up the pulse and keep it there to its rousing final crescendo.

Scored for Piccolo, 4 concert flutes, alto, bass, and optional contrabass. Performance time: approximately 1:15.

Listen:     Flute Frenzy
Available for immediate download from ScoreVivo    







Latin Verbs: Movements with a Latin Flair



It's salsa time with Latin Verbs. The first movement Amabo (I shall love), begins with a seductive, slinky alto solo. Amavi (I have loved) picks up the pace with a driving bass line, flutter tonguing, and syncopation. The final movement Amo (I do love) is a wild syncopated ride of rising key.

Performance time: approximately 5 minutes. Scored for piccolo, 4 C flutes, alto flute, bass flute, and optional contrabass.


Listen to a performance by Flutes on the Brink:     Amabo     Amavi     Amo

Listen to a performance by the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair Festival Flute Choir:     Amabo     Amavi     Amo
Published by ALRY Publications
... also available from Flute World







Tropical Flute Punch

Transport your audience to a tropical beach with a penchant for party. Tropical Flute Punch opens with Calypso in Beach Major, a happy dance with sand between the toes. Then the sun sets with Eventide Rhythms, a calm and beautiful interlude expressing the overlapping sounds of water, insects, birds, and man as they reinforce and counterpoint each other. Syncopated revelry returns to the party with the final movement Flutes for Sail.

Performance time: approximately 7 minutes. Scored for piccolo, 4 C flutes, alto flute, bass flute, and optional contrabass.

"As a performer, he well understands the idiosyncrasies of the flute family and has written a work that should be a joy to hear. ... I highly recommend this witty and playful addition to the flute choir repertory." - Andrea Loewy, The Flutist Quarterly, Spring 2012

"All parts are interesting with attractive sound collages in the slow movement and clever rhythmic writing throughout." - A.B.R., Flute Talk, May/June 2012


Listen:     Calypso in Beach Major     Eventide Rhythms     Flutes for Sail

Watch this fun rendition by Pipe Dream Flutes:     Calypso in Beach Major     Eventide Rhythms     Flutes for Sail
Published by Falls House Press and distributed by Theodore Presser     ... also available from Carolyn Nussbaum and Flute World







Flutes and Vegetables

Winner of the NFA 2008 Newly-Published Music Competition

Flutes and Vegetables offers a full daily recommended allowance of energetic dances sure to hold the interest of you and your audience, and consists of four courses. The meal begins with Pepper Presto, a fiery Latin number of fast syncopation and drama. Next is The Enchanted Eggplant, a wonderfully demented waltz in harmonic minor, bringing to mind TV shows and movies that blend humor, magic, and the dark side. Sweet Potato Jig is a lively jig with Celtic elements, including long rolls, drones, and the piccolo acting as a tin whistle. For dessert is Dance of the Radishes, a happy reel that builds and accelerates to a dizzy ending that will leave everybody smiling.

Performance time: approximately 6 minutes. Scored for piccolo, 4 C flutes, alto flute, bass flute, and optional contrabass. There is also a sub-contrabass flute part upon request.

"These pieces are short, catchy, fun to play, well-written for the instruments, and give each member of the ensemble opportunities to come to the fore." - Roger Martin, American Music Teacher, June 1, 2008

"Flutes and Vegetables is a suite of dances guaranteed to add spice to your advanced high school or collegiate flute choir." - The Flutist Quarterly, Fall 2008


Listen:     Pepper Presto     The Enchanted Eggplant     Sweet Potato Jig     Dance of the Radishes
Published by Falls House Press and distributed by Theodore Presser     ... also available from Carolyn Nussbaum and Flute World







A Little Joy

Sometimes music happens simply because it can! Here is a lighthearted jaunt that could be the perfect concert opener for your next program, or perhaps the encore that leaves everyone with a smile on their faces. The momentum of this inherently happy tune is rocked along by alternating 3/4 and 6/8 measures.

Scored for piccolo, 4 C flutes, alto flute, bass flute, and optional contrabass. There is also a sub-contrabass flute part upon request. Approximate performance time: 1:15.


"The work ... features a particularly clever piccolo part. This composition would be an excellent encore for a flute choir program." - A.B.R., Flute Talk, September, 2012


Watch:     a performance by Jewel City Flute Choir
Listen:     A Little Joy (Performed by Flutes on the Brink)
Listen:     A Little Joy (Performed by Columbia Flute Choir)

Available for immediate download from ScoreVivo    







The Wicked Vicar

The vicar really isn't wicked, he's just immoderate. Here are four little vignettes of his day. The first movement, Making His Rounds, is a reel featuring a peppy minor tune that winds from light to dark and light again, as the vicar makes his way. The second movement finds the vicar Flirting on the High Street, as a love interest approaches, passes, and disappears around the corner, resulting in a brief flight of fancy. Past the Tippling Point, the third movement, is a queasy tango that starts very slowly, then accelerates throughout to a frenetic climax before ending with a shaky bass finish. Finally, The Feast Begins brings a glorious and energetic end to the day.

Scored for piccolo, 4 C flutes, alto flute, bass flute, and optional contrabass flute. [Subcontrabass in G part is available by request.] Performance time: approximately 7 minutes.

"... witty ... bouncy ... beautifully intertwining ... spirited ... a glorious finish. These picturesque movements are a delight." - D.B.S., Flute Talk, November 2010

"So, Jonathan Cohen, cheers and bravo for a job well done!" - Cynthia Stevens, The Flutist Quarterly, Fall 2010


Watch:    a performance by Flautissimo (The Southampton Flute Orchestra)

Listen:     Making His Rounds     Flirting on the High Street     Past the Tippling Point     The Feast Begins
Published by Falls House Press and distributed by Theodore Presser     ... also available from Carolyn Nussbaum and Flute World







Corbit's Charge

Commissioned by McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland.

On June 29, 1863, Union Captain Charles Corbit led a charge of nearly 100 men through the streets of Westminster, Maryland, to engage more than 5,500 Confederate soldiers led by General J.E.B. Stuart. Two men were killed in each army, with 10 wounded on one side and 11 on the other.

While the fight had gone quickly to the Rebels, many historians credit their loss at Gettysburg, and of the war, to the late arrival of Stuart's men due to their delay in Westminster. The incident of "Corbit's Charge" was a victory and defeat for both sides.

Songs of the day, bugle calls, and original themes are blended as this piece tells the story in a sequence of scenes: Prologue, The Maryland countryside, Stuart's army marches north, Westminster and its Union garrison, Interlude: Just Before the Battle Mother, Convergence and Corbit's charge, and Aftermath: remembrance and honor.

Scored for 2 piccolos, 4 C flutes, alto flute, bass flute, and optional contrabass. There is also a sub-contrabass flute part upon request. Approximate performance time: 7 to 8 minutes.



Listen:     Corbit's Charge (Performed by Flutes on the Brink)

Available for immediate download from ScoreVivo    







Piccolos in the Pub

Piccolos In The Pub consists of three movements of Celtic flavor featuring a pair of piccolos, but giving ample voice to the rest of the choir. The piece opens with the piccolos playing The Jiggered Piccolo, a jig that builds to involve the entire choir, then moves to the lower flutes before returning to the full group, where the piccolos lead to a driving finish. Calm intercedes in the form of Glenwood Air, a beautiful and peaceful air to which the piccolos add subtle frosting. Friday Afternoon closes the piece with a wild, happy, and driving jig, in which the exhilaration is only briefly interrupted by rush-hour traffic. Piccolos lead the charge as the choir careens into the weekend with a flourish.

Scored for 2 piccolos, 3 C flutes, alto flute, bass flute, and optional contrabass. [A subcontrabass in G part is available by request.] Performance time is approximately four and half minutes.


Watch:
a performance by Flute-Xperience (Ittervoort, The Netherlands)
a performance by Flute-Xperience (Limbricht, The Netherlands)

Listen:     The Jiggered Piccolo     Glenwood Air     Friday Afternoon
Published by Falls House Press and distributed by Theodore Presser     ... also available from Carolyn Nussbaum and Flute World







Notes From the Flock

Notes From The Flock was commissioned by Tim Friedlander for the Gaithersburg Flute Camp (Maryland), for which the year's theme was birds. The first movement, Air Cannon, has this annotation: "The flock approaches, wheels, and departs, in choreography that is both ancient and fresh. The members of the flock call and respond; in voice and in movement they call and respond -- a delicate dance of organization and individuality." The second movement, called The Buzzards' Ballet, is a sinister, absurd, and comedic romp in harmonic minor. The piece finishes with Morning Flight, which has this notation: "A sunny still morning. Slowly, the breeze picks up and begins to drive over the ridge. Figures perched at the edge wait in the silence for just enough wind in the face. With single step and outstretched wing, the ground flashes away in a ride that never loses its exhilaration. Then the music starts...."

Scored for piccolo, 4 C flutes, alto flute, bass flute, and optional contrabass flute. Performance time: approximately 6 minutes.


Watch:    a performance by The Kansas City Flute Choir

Listen:     Air Cannon     The Buzzards' Ballet     Morning Flight
Published by Falls House Press and distributed by Theodore Presser     ... also available from Carolyn Nussbaum and Flute World







Now in Two Flute Flavors

Now in Two Flute Flavors is two movements of crowd-pleasing and fun jazz. The first movement, Some Restrictions May Apply, lies between cool jazz and big band. A walking bass underlies trumpet-like "bops" and relaxed, slightly-dissonate syncopation. Bent Key Boogie is the second movement and offers fast-moving boogie-woogie that features a wild 12-bar piccolo solo backed only by bass.

Scored for 4 C flutes, picc, alto, bass, and optional string bass. A bit more than 4 minutes performance time.

"... this exuberant crowd-pleaser has much syncopation and intricate rhythmic patterns." - D.B.S. Flute Talk, September 2005


Watch:
a performance by Flutissimo Flute Choir
a performance by FMCO Flute Choir

Listen:     Some Restrictions May Apply     Bent Key Boogie
Published by Falls House Press and distributed by Theodore Presser     ... also available from Carolyn Nussbaum and Flute World







Mood Swings

Mood Swings, in three movements, takes the mood up, down, and up again. Pink Flamenco opens the piece in a Spanish flavor with a snappy dance in three that features an alto solo. Parting, the second movement, paints a mournful picture of the very human experience of separation. DecaDance is a driving 10/8 with a fiery finish.

Scored for 4 C flutes, alto, and bass. Performance time: about 5 minutes.


Watch a performance by the Pacific Flute Ensemble (CSULB Cole Conservatory of Music):
Pink Flamenco
Parting
DecaDance

Listen:     Pink Flamenco     Parting     DecaDance
Published by Falls House Press and distributed by Theodore Presser     ... also available from Carolyn Nussbaum and Flute World







Precipitation to the Dance

Precipitation To The Dance sketches the start of a skier's powder morning -- that rare moment that skiers live for. In the first scene, it is night, and the snow falls peacefully, gloriously, and lyrically. With little transition, the second scene describes the smooth beauty of the snow as seen from the rising lift: the white, slow undulations over the land and the heavy tufts on the tree limbs. Anticipation finally gives way to the third scene, when the skiers leap from the lifts and dance through the powder in a rollicking jig that includes jumps, turns, and a triumphal return to the mountain base.

Performance time: approximately 4 3/4 minutes. Scored for piccolo, 4 C flutes, alto flute, bass flute, and optional contrabass. [Subcontrabass in G part is available by request.]


Listen:     a performance by FOTB
Published by Falls House Press and distributed by Theodore Presser     ... also available from Carolyn Nussbaum and Flute World







Free as a Child

Free As A Child recalls memories of freedom that most of us will remember from childhood. The first movement, Bicycle Breeze, is a waltz: "We rise at dawn on a sunny Saturday. Nobody stirs as we silently get our bikes, coast out of the driveway, and pedal away, reveling in the breeze at our command." The trip ends by (barely) riding up the big hill and sailing back down. The second movement, Daydreaming, is more flowing and peaceful, recalling this feeling: "So here we are, trapped by what parents think is interesting. Or are we? We can always escape by daydreaming...." The third and final movement, School's Out, evokes the pure joy of this cherished memory: "It's the last day of the school year. The bell rings. We burst though the doors into sunshine and the promise of summer." Guaranteed to get an audience laughing.

Scored for piccolo, 4 C flutes, alto, and bass. Performance time: approximately 6 minutes.


Listen:     Bicycle Breeze     Day Dreaming     School's Out
Published by Falls House Press and distributed by Theodore Presser     ... also available from Carolyn Nussbaum and Flute World







Wooden Bridge

Commissioned by the Woodbridge Flute Choir, Woodbridge, VA, with support from the Brannen-Cooper Fund.

In broad strokes, this piece describes the experience of emigration as remembered and reconciled a family. After an introduction, we hear the tenseness of a difficult life that grows more agitated and leads to leaving that life behind. We then hear the "march of time." Following that is a period of reflection, as the old trials and adjusting to a new life are recalled, but considered and reconsidered, growing less painful and more light with each examination. A period of calm reflection follows, which goes from melancholy remembering to acceptance. Finally, a theme of pride is heard that develops into a triumphal celebration of the courage to leave an old life and to prosper in a new one.

Scored for piccolo, 3 flutes, 2 alto flutes, bass flute, and optional contrabass, or for piccolo, 4 flutes, 1 alto, bass flute, and optional contrabass. Performance time: 8 minutes.


Listen:     to a performance by Woodbridge Flute Choir
Published by Falls House Press and distributed by Theodore Presser     ... also available from Carolyn Nussbaum and Flute World







Helen's Backyard

Helen's Backyard is a celebration of life told through a backyard day, presented in five movements. Dawn Processional paints a sunrise and the sun’s triumphal march across the land. Tentative but enthusiastic birds then attempt to sing as an ensemble in Boid Dance, but can never quite get it together. Cat Pause is the swing-beat swagger of a very cool cat, complete with meows and purrs. The frenetic Squirrels follows. Finally, Evening Chorale brings the day to a satisfying close.

Scored for 4 C flutes, alto, and bass. Performance time: about 8 minutes.


Listen:     to a performance by Flutes on the Brink

Watch:     a performance by Flower Mound Flute Choir
Published by Falls House Press and distributed by Theodore Presser     ... also available from Carolyn Nussbaum and Flute World







Your Results May Differ

Your Results May Differ is a jazzy crowd pleaser in three movements. The first movement immediately lives up to its title of Bass Motives when it opens with the basses jumping from a low D trill to high G (easier to play than it sounds) in an swing that is joined in harmony by the altos before the piccolo leads the rest of choir into the fray. As the basses lead, they are met with interesting counter-rhythms throughout the movement. Sandwiched between peppy bookends, the short center movement Blue Morning is indeed a very blue introspection in easy 6. Here, each part gets a chance at the melody. The third movement, Big Sky, takes the tempo back up in a swing that often anticipates the first beat and never lets up. With a feeling of big band, the finish will send the audience out dancing.

Scored for piccolo, 4 C flutes, alto, bass flute, and optional contrabass. Performance time: about 7 minutes.


"These pieces are short, catchy, fun to play, well-written for the instruments, and give each member of the ensemble opportunities to come to the fore." - Roger Martin, American Music Teacher, June 1, 2008


Listen:     Bass Motives     Blue Morning     Big Sky
Published by Falls House Press and distributed by Theodore Presser     ... also available from Carolyn Nussbaum and Flute World







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