Title

Flute Trio

Lead Author Major

Composition

Format

Composer's Club Concerts

Faculty Mentor Name

Francois Rose

Faculty Mentor Department

Conservatory of Music

Additional Faculty Mentor Name

Robert Coburn

Abstract/Artist Statement

The overall theme of this piece is centered around parts of a day. When being given this ensemble, my first realization was how unbalanced it is, with the majority of the instruments being of the low register. With that thought I associated low with dark and to balance the piece concluded to write about light. Another thought that I had in the beginning was that I would showcase a different instrument in each movement. Having three very unique instruments, this would make each movement fresh and interesting The first movement is morning. The opening line with Viola and Bass depict the sun rising and the first cold kiss of morning. With a morning bird song singing the melody (Flute) the other instruments take a back seat and provide counterpoint. The second movement is afternoon and characterized as activity. This is the time of day when the sun is most bright and when our race is most productive. In this movement the Viola works with the main melody and shares the second melody with the other instruments. Finally, the third and final movement is the dark midnight. Being the darkest movement, it seems obvious to finally showcase the Bass. The timbre of the flute seemed to bright to express the abyss of night, so I decided to switch to Alto Flute because it is a deeper tone yet still has an expressive high register. The Alto Flute plays the always changing second motif in order to equally displace the Bass with the primary melody. All three instruments come to a conclusion and play a variation of the opening notes of the piece.

Location

Recital Hall

Start Date

29-4-2014 7:30 PM

End Date

29-4-2014 9:30 PM

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Apr 29th, 7:30 PM Apr 29th, 9:30 PM

Flute Trio

Recital Hall

The overall theme of this piece is centered around parts of a day. When being given this ensemble, my first realization was how unbalanced it is, with the majority of the instruments being of the low register. With that thought I associated low with dark and to balance the piece concluded to write about light. Another thought that I had in the beginning was that I would showcase a different instrument in each movement. Having three very unique instruments, this would make each movement fresh and interesting The first movement is morning. The opening line with Viola and Bass depict the sun rising and the first cold kiss of morning. With a morning bird song singing the melody (Flute) the other instruments take a back seat and provide counterpoint. The second movement is afternoon and characterized as activity. This is the time of day when the sun is most bright and when our race is most productive. In this movement the Viola works with the main melody and shares the second melody with the other instruments. Finally, the third and final movement is the dark midnight. Being the darkest movement, it seems obvious to finally showcase the Bass. The timbre of the flute seemed to bright to express the abyss of night, so I decided to switch to Alto Flute because it is a deeper tone yet still has an expressive high register. The Alto Flute plays the always changing second motif in order to equally displace the Bass with the primary melody. All three instruments come to a conclusion and play a variation of the opening notes of the piece.