DA Recital | Sonata for Flute and Piano
Carl Vine is one of Australia’s best-known contemporary composers and has composed multiple symphonies, concertos, and chamber music pieces, as well as music for film, television, dance, and the 1996 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony. Sonata for Flute and Piano was composed in 1992 for flutist Geoffrey Collins, former associate principal with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and former principal of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Vine writes “this sonata was designed to showcase both flute and piano as equal partners.” Together, performers must navigate in darkness through a multitude of changing meters, syncopated rhythms, and ambiguous tonality to finally find brightness and clarity.
Carl Vine, "Biography" and "Sonata for Flute and Piano, www.carlvine.com, (accessed October 4, 2016).
DA Recital | Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano
Although he was described as a child who couldn’t quite find his place, Bohuslav Martinu became one of the most prolific composers of the 20th century, producing over 400 works in various mediums. It was later determined that he may have had a form of Asbergers Syndrome, and composing was an outlet for him. He lived as a wanderer, born in Bohemia, studying in Paris, fleeing to America during the Nazi invasion, and later returning to Europe, but never returning to his native country. His trio for flute, cello, and piano, was composed in 1944 while he was in America and contains three movements, each displaying a variety of moods as the melodic lines wander between the three instruments. His style displays his Czech heritage with lively and syncopated rhythms juxtaposed with metric ambiguity, dissonant harmonies, and a balance between light and dark timbres.
F. James Rybka, Bohuslav Martinů: The Compulsion to Compose, (Plymouth, UK: The Scarecrow Press, 2011), xxv and 262.
Solo Concerto | Concerto, Op. 8 by Gordeli
Otar Gordeli (1928-1994) was a Russian, 20th-Century Composer from Tbilisi, Georgia. He Studied piano and composition at the Tiflis and Moscow Conservatories, and often employs the use of folk melodies or other borrowed melodies. His Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, composed in 1958, was his most well-known work, borrowing themes from Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. It is in a modified sonata form united by contrasting themes that are transposed throughout the piece.
This performance was at Ball State University in January, 2014 and featured the winners of the Graduate Concerto Competition.
No Author, "Flute Concerto for Flute and Orchestra," (Accessed March 18, 2018).