Malcolm Arnold’s Concerto No 1 For Flute And Strings (1954) is a work of high energy and quickly shifting tonalities, pointed with dissonances and overlaid with flowing lines of the Flute alternating with skittering flurries in both Flute and Strings. The demands are the Flute soloist are virtuosic. Malcolm Arnold was a British composer who earned an international reputation both as a composer of serious works, including nine symphonies, and as a composer of light music. He composed more than one hundred film scores, among them the Oscar-winning music for The Bridge on the River Kwai, the award-winning music for The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, Whistle Down the Wind and Hobson’s Choice.
Transcribed and edited by Amy Porter. The Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello are some of the most frequently performed and recognizable solo compositions ever written. Master flutist and teacher Amy Porter has meticulously transcribed these pieces for performance on her upcoming CD. She has kept the integrity of the original Bach masterpieces while making them more idiomatic for the flute. These pieces are appropriate for teaching and performance, and are now available in this wonderful, newly edited collection, simply a must-have for any serious teacher or student.
The 7 short movements depict the composer's experiences during a visit to New York City. The movements are Another Sunrise, Off to a Busy Day, The Lost Key Episode, The Waitin' in Line Blues, Romantic Interlude, Sudden Storm, and Out on the Town. Solo flute. Grade 4. Duration 10'.
ALIEN LOOP DE LOOPS for flute & electronic recording by Howard Buss is a fantasy that appeals to a wide range of audiences. Buss envisioned a flutist playing during an air show by an alien craft. At first the flute is unaccompanied, but then is joined by the recording that includes traditional instruments, an "alien" voice, the spacecraft, and electronic effects. CD included. Grade 5. Duration 6'47"
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'.
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 solo flute. Dedicated to Elena Cecconi. It was inspired by the tenets of the Space Renaissance Initiative, which is dedicated to influencing world opinion to support space travel and to “lift humanity from the cradle of the Earth.” The 4 movements: Through the Portal, Alien Storm, Introspection and Reaching Beyond address the intriguing opposing mental capacities that allow a human being to tap into his/her inner self to connect with the universe, and also to kindle the desire to reach outward to new adventures and exploration. Grade 5-6. Duration: 7'45".
The Asphalt Blanket is reflective and laments what is lost in the name of “progress” in the modern world. The title and poem refers to a new highway, what good it brings, and what it covers up. For C flute or alto flute and narrator. Grade 5. Duration: 3'10"
For solo flute. This "tour de force" , dedicated to Elena Cecconi. is based on the composer's experiences in Venice, it is divided into 3 programmatic movements: "PrimoMattino (Early Morning), "Scene di Strada (Sidewalk Scenes)" and "Il Treno del Ritorno (The Train Ride Home)." The character of the music coupled with the inclusion of numerous mini-quotes from Italian folk songs and composers such as Offenbach, Paganini, Palestrina, Rossini, and Vivaldi make this an entertaining, audience-friendly work. Grade 6. Duration 12'.