Written in easy-to-read short chapters, 6 WEEKS TO FINALS is a clearly organized system for flutists to prepare and train musically and mentally for auditions. Sharon Sparrow, a flutist in the Detroit Symphony, has taken countless auditions herself, understands the rigors of preparation and the state of mind necessary for success. This textbook guides flutists through the all-important process behind a successful audition.
Dedicated to flutist/piccoloist John Bailey. Chutzpah! is an audacious “tour de force” with exciting contrasts, zesty rhythms, and passages featuring elaborate and dashing technical prowess. "A great concert feature, contest piece, and is an excellent choice for an audition." Piccolo and Piano. Grade 6. Duration 5'40".
For flute, clarinet, alto sax, and tenor sax. Consists of 3 movements inspired by views of objects in the Milky Way galaxy. The titles of the first 2 movements, The Backbone of Night and The Pale Blue Dot are taken from the writings of the renowned astrophysicist, Carl Sagan. In his book, Cosmos, he describes how the !Kung Bushman in Botswana refer to the Milky Way as “the backbone of night.” The spine of the Milky Way often appears directly over the Kalahari Desert. The !Kung believe it to be the structural foundation of the heavens and that one of its functions in relation to Earth, among many, is that it holds up the darkness. In his book, The Pale Blue Dot, Sagan poetically describes a haunting view of Earth from a distant point in our galaxy. He puts our worldly concerns into cosmic perspective when he refers to all that has ever happened to human beings as occurring “on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.” The final movement, Orbitals, suggests celestial bodies revolving around one another in a fascinating cosmic dance. Moons orbiting planets, planets around suns, suns around other suns culminate in the swirling wonder of our galaxy. Grade 6. Duration 18'10".
An colorful engaging work that evokes a fantasy world in which a dragon awakens and takes flight. Looking for a work that can showcase your technical prowess and musicality to dazzle an audience? This is it! Grade 6. Duration 6'20".
Composed for Amy Porter. This dramatic, colorful composition is cast in 2 interconnected movements. The first begins with a mysterious monologue by the flutist and is characterized by brilliant arabesque passages contrasted with subtle shadings of tone through the use of delicate dynamic nuances, tremolos, and flutter tonguing. As the piano enters, the ambience of the music shifts to one of nostalgic lyricism. The exciting second movement is moody, turbulent, and features a dance-like section hugely influenced by jazz and Latin music. Fantasie culminates in a rousing finale with the return of the Latin-infused dance.
MOON GLOW for flute and piano by Howard Buss captures the beauty and enchantment of a moonlit evening. Contrasting sections encapsulate varied moods suggested by moon glow on different surfaces: snow, water, and the eyes of a person gazing at the sky. Grade 4. Duration 5'.
For piccolo, clarinet, and piano. 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. Recorded by Lois Herbine, piccolo; Allison Herz, clarinet; and Charles Abramovic, piano on the critically-acclaimed Crystal Records CD "TAKE WING". Grade 5-6. Duration 6'.
The composer envisioned a setting in which a person is meditating in a forest on a sunny afternoon. Bird call fragments are interjected for new melodic and rhythmic ideas and influence the overall development of the work. This also symbolizes how environmental sounds can be suggestive and influence thought patterns. Grade 5. Duration 6'25".
For flute and one percussion. A dramatic “tour de force” during which both performers recite the text. Mystical and lyrical sections contrast with intense and explosive passages. The percussion includes vibes, bells, roto toms, bass drum, tambourine, cowbell, cymbals, wind chimes, bell tree, tam-tam, temple blocks, maracas and a lion roar. Commissioned for and premiered by Connie and Brandie Lane. Grade 5-6. Duration 7'30".