Classical Contemporary Music for Flute

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Classical Contemporary Music for Flute

Post by lennygoran » Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:01 pm

I try to watch NYC Arts on Thirteen PBS each week-this segment on classical contemporary music involving the flute was too hard for me to understand or appreciate? Regards, Len


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Re: Classical Contemporary Music for Flute

Post by John F » Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:43 pm

In the middle of all that talk I hear some actual music, though most of it is from Varese's "Density 21.5," not contemporary music but a modern classic. Besides, the flute is my least favorite standard instrument - its sound and limitations bore me. (Mozart too said he disliked it.) And now and then I hear what sounds like imperfect technique in the playing, unless that's what the score requests; these days you never know. The pianist Peter Serkin commissioned 11 short pieces from various composers which he premiered in a single concert, so there's a precedent for Claire Chase's project. But it's not for me.
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Re: Classical Contemporary Music for Flute

Post by lennygoran » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:02 pm

John F wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:43 pm
But it's not for me.
Thanks, definitely not anything I'll lose sleep over. Regards, Len

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Re: Classical Contemporary Music for Flute

Post by Rach3 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:28 am

While I largely agree with John F., I do enjoy, suggest you hear, Poulenc's Sonata for Flute and Piano, and Jacques Ibert's Flute Concerto, both at YT I suspect if you want to sample.

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Re: Classical Contemporary Music for Flute

Post by John F » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:42 am

Prokofiev's sonata for flute and piano is also a good listen, though preferably in Prokofiev's alternative version as his second sonata for violin and piano.
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Re: Classical Contemporary Music for Flute

Post by Rach3 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:51 am

Agree, prefer the Prokofiev in the violin version.

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Re: Classical Contemporary Music for Flute

Post by maestrob » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:29 am

Rach3 wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:51 am
Agree, prefer the Prokofiev in the violin version.
Yes, I'll go along with that. I also like the Ibert concerto.

For the curious, James Galway transcribed the Khachaturian violin concerto into one for flute and orchestra, quite successfully. Here's the CD, still available......

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Re: Classical Contemporary Music for Flute

Post by diegobueno » Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:49 pm

The group Quaternity gave this performance of my Murmuration for flute quartet at the Florida Flute Festival in 2018, and did an especially good job of it. This piece is inspired by the mass movements of starlings in the evening, creating fluid, undulating shapes as they search out spots to roost for the night. The piece is scored for three flutes and alto flute, though by the end they have gradually switched to three piccolos and flute.

https://soundcloud.com/markgsimon/murmu ... an-27-2018

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Re: Classical Contemporary Music for Flute

Post by John F » Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:48 pm

Nice!
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Re: Classical Contemporary Music for Flute

Post by maestrob » Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:29 am

Lovely, Mark. Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Classical Contemporary Music for Flute

Post by diegobueno » Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:22 am

John F wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:48 pm
Nice!
Thank you. (assuming that was in reference to my piece).

I wanted to add that that flute community is extremely proactive in encouraging new music for flute. They go out of their way to encourage composers. I'm sure I will be writing more music for flute.

There are two American composers who are especially sought after by flutists. One of them I know personally because he's a fellow Cornellian and a clarinetist, and he has a catalog of flute music a mile long. It's all published by Theodore Presser (his employer) and is sure to turn up on flute programs everywhere. Daniel Dorff has written a Three Lakes Sonata for flute and piano which is very popular.



Eric Ewazen is also quite prolific for brass instruments, but the flute players I know all adore his many flute works. This is a movement of his Flute Concerto


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Re: Classical Contemporary Music for Flute

Post by John F » Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:33 am

diegobueno wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:22 am
John F wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:48 pm
Nice!
Thank you. (assuming that was in reference to my piece).
Of course!
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Re: Classical Contemporary Music for Flute

Post by some guy » Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:06 am

That was a fun show. Her enthusiasm for new music is charming, and while the show, sadly typical for PBS, is rather tame, the music she played was still good to listen to. I would wish that there had been more music and less talk, but Claire was easy to listen to, so....

Lots of enjoyable music out there.
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