Suite for Flute Quartet - (2021)
Hearing an amateur concert by a local flute quartet in Charleston sparked the notion to compose a work for this ensemble, two flutes, alto flute and bass flute. The suite is a set of varying textures for variety, coupled to some rigor in the imitative counterpoint therein. It opens with a short solo statement for the first flute and then in imitation, introducing an accompagnata section.
This is followed by a caccia for all four flutes, marked allegro and in an ABA form.
As contrast, an andante follows, the theme exchanged between voices.
Then, a portion of the caccia is reprised and a bridge leads to a presto movement.
This is followed by another slow section in which the two top flutes exchange gestures, the second lightly more decorated than the first statement.
The work finishes with a fugue, the subject and answer and stretti according to traditional forms.
17 pages, circa 9' 00" - an MP3 demo is here:
The score 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 graphic below for this score.
Suite for Flute Quartet