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Patuxent Walk

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A duet for alto flute and classical guitar. Written for the Friedman-Wysong duo
Just performed at the 2018 Internation Flute Festival.

Where the Patuxent River forms the boundaries between Howard and Montgomery Counties in Maryland, I took a walk. I reveled in the quiet green freedom of the outdoors. Moving down the river westward from what is now MD 97, I followed the waters as they curved through hardwood forest and rock, past mountain laurel and fern. Suddenly, the river opened into what is now the Triadelphia Reservoir. The reservoir is named for the town of Triadelphia, now at the bottom of the reservoir, surfacing only during severe droughts. But there was plenty of water that day, and the reservoir was wide, peaceful, and beautiful.

The movements:

I. Reflection at the Bend in the River: Where the Patuxent River forms the boundaries between Howard and Montgomery Counties in Maryland, I take a walk along the river. Pausing at a bend, I sit on a rock and stare into the current. I am lost in thought as my own reflections mix with those on the river.

II. Outside at Last: As I bound along the twisting path with joy, I revel in the sun on the leaves and the quiet green freedom of the outdoors.

III. The River Opens: Moving down the river westward from what is now MD 97, I follow the waters as they curve through hardwood forest and rock, past mountain laurel and fern. Suddenly, the river opens into what is now the Triadelphia Reservoir.

IV. Song for Triadelphia: This movement is a requiem for the town of Triadelphia, a thriving place in its time, home to four mills and 400 people, now at the bottom of the reservoir formed by flooding its lovely valley. Wistfully, the music recalls the lost town named for three Brooke sisters. In the middle of the movement, the music briefly returns to happier thriving days of Triadelphia, then is brought back to the present time, leaving the town to recede in tender, bitter, and sad memories.

V. Dance of the Leaves on the Water: A single leaf falls in a spiral, hesitates in an updraft, then settles on the river, where it is drawn into a jig already in progress, joining the other leaves as they rush, circle, slow, and pass each other in eddies.

Performance time: approximately 10 minutes.



Listen to a performance by Noreen Friedman and Bob Wysong:

Reflection at the Bend in the River
Outside at Last
The River Opens
Song for Triadelphia
Dance of the Leaves on the Water


Published by Tetractys Publications





Ali's Stowaway Caper

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Written for Ali Ryerson to commemorate her high-school adventure in which she and two friends took an unauthorized trip across the Atlantic in style! This will be premiered at the ILFF by Ali Ryerson.
Just premiered at the 2018 Internation Flute Festival.

Scored for 1 alto, 1 bass, and 1 contra.

Performance time: approximately 2:00.



Listen to a performance by Ali Ryerson (alto), Jeanette Donald (bass), and Jonathan Cohen (contra) at the 2018 ILFF



Published by Tetractys Publications
Also available from Flute Pro Shop





One Ann Arbor Morn

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A low flute trio commissioned by my friend, Deborah Rebeck Ash. Debbie and I share Ann Arbor as our home town. This piece celebrates the joy, comfort, and recolection of hometown and childhood.
Just premiered at the 2018 Internation Flute Festival.

Scored for C flute, alto, and contra.

Performance time: 7:00.


Listen to the premiere at the 2018 ILFF by Laura Benning (C flute), Deborah Rebeck Ash (alto), and Jonathan Cohen (contra):
Through The Arbor
Morningtide Promise
Agent McSquirrel and the New Feeder Caper

Published by Falls House Press.

Also available from Flute Pro Shop and from FluteWorld





Tango Molto Basso

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Commissioned for the Sakura Low Flutes Choir's Opening Concert for the First International Low Flute Festival, Debbie Gilbert, Director.

Just premiered in the opening concert of the 2018 Internation Flute Festival.

This fun low flute ensemble tango features a contra solo in the middle!
Scored for 3 altos, 2 basses, 1 contra.

Performance time: approximately 3:30.



Listen to the premiere by the 54-piece Sakura Flute Choir at the 2018 ILFF!



Published by Tetractys Publications
Also available from Flute Pro Shop





Hurry Up Already

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A quartet for low flutes. May also be played by a larger low flute ensemble.
Just performed at the 2018 Internation Flute Festival.

Scored for 2 altos, 1 bass, 1 contra.

Performance time: approximately 1:20.



Listen to a performance by The Lower Realm at the 2018 ILFF



Published by Tetractys Publications
Also available from Flute Pro Shop





Metropolitan Contrarians

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Composed for the contra section of the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra, Paige Long, Music Director.

Just premiered at the 2018 Internation Flute Festival.

Scored for 4 contras, but suitable for any 4 flutes in the same key.

Performance time: approximately 2:00.



Listen to a recording on four contras, performed by Marmara Flute Orchestra Members Ece Karşal, Özge Salar, Oktay Mercan, Simge Özer, recorded and mixed by Arda Eden and Halil İmik at Yildiz University Recording Studios, Istanbul.





Listen to the premiere by 8 contras, a subcontra in G, and a double contra at the 2018 ILFF!



Published by Tetractys Publications





Albisiphonics



A Suite for Bass Flute or Albisiphon Baritono and Piano Commissioned by Peter Sheridan
The American premiere took place at the 2015 NFA Convention.

This piece for bass flute and piano was written for Peter Sheridan on the occasion of his acquiring an Albisiphon Baritono, an instrument manufactured circa 1920 and designed by Abelardo Ernesto Albisi, the principal flutist for La Scala in Milan, Italy. Albisi designed a family of such instruments with varying ranges. The Albisiphon Baritono, having essentially the same range as the modern bass flute, including a B foot, is an upright instrument with a T-shaped head and a large bore.

Albisiphonics celebrates all three octaves of the bass flute and many of its moods from the unapologetically-romantic lyrical to brash staccato syncopation to contemplative to tender to exuberant to euphoric.

All movements of this piece may be played with a conventional bass flute. A B foot is not required, but may be exploited. The movements range in difficulty, for both the flutist and the pianist, with the inner movements being the easiest. Because of the difficultly of playing some the fast percussive low parts on the piano quietly, it is likely that the flutist will want a microphone to blend well with the piano.

Although this piece was written with the bass flute in mind, it is suitable for any flute pitched in the key of C.

The movements:

I. Early Morning Departure: After being awakened by the alarm and abandoning denial, we take a frenzied gallop through the preparations at home, race to the airport — and stand, vegetative, in line. Upon at last reaching the end of the line, we again tear off in a frenzy, hoping to catch the flight in time.

II. First Star: This is clearly a song: a song of longing, introspection, and hope. It just precedes girl getting boy and boy getting girl.

III. The Unfettered Mind: When unbridled, the imagination wanders to wonderful places, inquires, addresses sublime and frivolous questions alike, and moves on, perhaps to reach an enlightened or noble state, but always refreshed.

IV. Shades Make the Musician: Peter Sheridan posted a photograph of himself wearing wraparound sunglasses and playing his alto flute. He was the very picture of cool.

Performance time: approximately 10 minutes.



Listen to the premiere by Peter Sheridan. (In the second movement, he plays his Albisiphon, which was only willing to play one octave at the time.)


Published by Nourse Wind Publications
Available from Carolyn Nussbaum and Flute World




Temperamental Triodes

Winner of the NFA 2017 Newly-Published Music Competition


Temperamental Triodes is a set of four trios for Alto, Bass, and Contra. The styles range considerably: lyrical and beautiful, bluesy, edgy and fast, wild. Listen for yourself!

Combined performance time is 8 to 9 minutes.

Listen to the 2017 NFA Convention Performance by Two Redheads and a Deadhead:
Screw Loose and Fancy Free
Embryon
Zaffer
Baroquen Red Lights
Published by Tetractys Publishing
Also available from Carolyn Nussbaum and Flute World






Legend of Llyn Llech Owain (Low Flute Ensemble Version)



Written at the Request of the NFA Low Flute Commitee for the 2015 Convention

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 3 alto flutes, 3 bass flutes, and 2 contrabass flutes. Performance time: 4.5 minutes


Listen:
Legend of Llyn Llech Owain as premiered at the 2015 NFA Convention by the Vox Profundo Low Flutes Ensemble.

Published by Tetractys Publishing     Also available from Flute World






Just Below the Rainbow

Just Below the Rainbow is a collection of 7 original duets, commissioned by Peter Sheridan, written especially for any combination of low flutes (but great for C flutes as well). Each is arranged three ways, so that the two instruments can be of the same key, or the upper or lower instrument can be in G (or F) while the other is in C. The pieces cover a wide range of styles and difficulty, and will certainly capture an audience.

Combined performance time is about 20 minutes.

"This book of charming duets presents seven pieces in versions for different combinations of flutes.... the pieces are well written and enjoyable to play.... The pieces are versatile and full of character, and this makes an excellent and welcome addition to the repertoire." - Carla Rees, Flute (The Journal of the British Flute Society) September 2011


Watch:
Spider played by the Peter Sheridan and Emily Senchuk
Remembrance played by the Peter Sheridan and Emily Senchuk

Listen:
A Perfect Nine played by the composer on his contra Tiny
What a Difference played by Joan Furlani and Jennifer Kirwin

And check out this great fun on bass flute and baritone saxophone:
Sao Paulo Shimmer, Just Below the Rainbow, A Perfect Nine played by Jessica Berton and Alice Bennett
Published by Falls House Press and distributed by Theodore Presser
... also available from Carolyn Nussbaum and Flute World and Flute Pro Shop






UPDATED 1 MAY 2018