Flute, Harp and Strings - (1996)
The original version of this piece from 1996 has been scrapped, with this
reworking in this year (2010) removing divisi and other features such
that a string orchestra or string quintet in a chamber setting can play the
piece in its entirety. As was the case in the Baroque and Classic eras, the
notion of a piece being accessible to more than one group or venue appealed
to me in revising this score. Ergo....
Allegretto giocoso - 13 pages, circa 3' 30"
The first movement is up tempo and joyous, its themes built from scalar
passages. For the soloists this is evident in the opening gestures, but with
the theme in violins and violas and with the following gestures in the
flute, the scalar passages are extended with a tonic "pedal" between scalar
more subdued center section moves into the parallel minor for moment with
the accompanying textures far less dense and active, before a recapitulation
in the tonic major.
ii. Andante cantabile - 14 pages, circa 5' 20"
The gentle flow of a melody sweetened by triplets against duplets introduced
by the flute, and thereafter the theme is also take up by violins and harp.
iii. Lento leggiero - 5 pages, circa 2' 30"
The relative minor offers the soloists an interplay with sparse
accompaniment as foil to the outer movements' energy and densities.
iv. Contrappunto - 12 pages, circa 3' 20"
The bubbly counterpoint of an accompanied fugue-like subject is taken up,
first with the flute and viola separated by the tenth, and later in other
voicing as well. This the contrapuntal theme is in fact a Gestalt of
melody and accompaniment. Various contrapuntal relationships create a sense
of unity in this romp for all the players.
Total duration - full score of 44 pages, circa 14' 40"
The score for
Concertino for Flute, Harp and Strings is available as a free PDF
download, though any major commercial performance or recording of the work
is prohibited without prior arrangement with the composer. Click on the
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Concertino for Flute, Harp and Strings