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," http://progress-press.com/publications/flute-concerto-for-flute-and-orchestra-op-8, (Accessed March 18, 2018).
At-Home Performance (2020) | Tango Etudes No. 4 and 3 by Astor Piazzolla
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) was an Argentinian Composer who pioneered the "Nuevo Tango" or New Tango style. This style combines elements of the traditional sultry partner dance from Argentina with Western-Classical traditions such as form and instrumentation. An etude in nature is intended as a study to develop instrumental techniques, but these have quickly become a favorite addition to any flutist's recital.
This performance was recorded from my home during the time of COVID-19.
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| Itinerant by Takemitsu
Itinerant for flute was composed to mourn the death of the composer's friend, the sculptor, Isamu Noguchi. Toru Takemitsu (1930-1994) uses silence and many extended techniques such as timbral trills, harmonics, and pitch bends to convey his own emotion and the wandering sense of a departed soul.