The Dancing Flute
Uploaded on Apr 1, 2013
This piece is a three movement flute concerto dedicated to one of my friends who, believe it or not, is a dancer who plays the flute. Each movement is based on a different style of dance. The initial inspiration for this piece was the flute solo at the beginning of Samuel R. Hazo's piece, "Ararbesque."
The first movement is a tango that borrows its nearly universal bass line from Bizet's opera, "Carmen." The movement's character is a combination of sensuality and longing. The second movement is a ballet. One of the main theme's of the movement, that is introduced in the first entrance of the soloist, is inspired by the first measure the oboe plays in the second movement of Mozart's piece, "Concerto in C Major for Oboe." This ballet is closer in character to Tchaikovsky's ballet, "Swan Lake" than Stravinsky's ballet, "The Rite of Spring." Hence, it is in elegant style, in contrast to the first movement. The concerto's final movement is a playful waltz. This movement is very exciting and, as a result, very difficult for the soloist. This movement starts at fairly comfortable tempo, but becomes faster and faster throughout. The section at it's ultimate tempo ranks among the hardest passages for flute, in my opinion, and provides a fitting ending to the work.
This work, which took over three months to complete, is my most major work to this date and holds a special place in my heart.
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