Printer Friendly

Flute Quartet No. 1.

Flute Quartet No. 1, by Gary Schocker. Theodore Presser Company (588 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia, PA 19406), 2003. 19 pp. $28.95. Advanced.

Scored for two C flutes (first doubling piccolo), alto flute and bass flute, this quartet is a set of five descriptive and colorful short movements. "Bird Inside These Monastery Walls," as the first movement is titled, features an occasional piccolo bird-song over a carpet of murmuring sixteenth notes, woven through a steady quarter-note pulse--perhaps the tread of the monks' footsteps. A playful, teasing "Intermezzo" is next, followed by "Theme and Variations," a bouncy simple theme with six cleverly crafted variations. The fourth movement, "Almost Perfectly Happy," is just that--a happy, whistle-able melody interrupted twice by subito forte interjections. The final movement, "Dress Me for the Festival," utilizes changing meters and scurrying eighth-notes to create a carnival atmosphere full of varied activities, sunny and colorful.

This fourteen-minute work was composed for the Los Angeles Flute Quartet, a professional ensemble, and was premiered in August 2003 at the National Flute Association Convention in Las Vegas. All four parts require experienced players. The first flutist must make quick changes between flute and piccolo. The bass flute has an especially prominent part, and the composer suggests that alto and bass players may exchange parts between movements to rest the arms and the embouchure.

Gary Schocker is a flutist, pianist and composer who has written many works for flutes, as well as piano pieces and works for other instruments. His summer master classes for flutists are held at a monastery on the Hudson River in upstate New York (hence, the reference to the bird within the walls). Schocker's musical imagination is boundless, and this quartet reflects his creative spirit, while providing a challenging but enjoyable musical experience for both players and listeners. Reviewed by Martha Rearick, Tampa, Florida.
COPYRIGHT 2004 Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2004, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Author:Rearick, Martha
Publication:American Music Teacher
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jun 1, 2004
Words:308
Previous Article:Jazz Chord Hanon: 70 Exercises for the Beginning to Professional Pianist.
Next Article:Easy Songs for Shifting in the First Five Positions: a Violin Technique Book for Group Classes and Private Instruction.
Topics:


Related Articles
The Magic Flute.
Ornamentation According to C. P. E. Bach and J. J. Quantz.
Great Flute Duos from the Orchestral Repertoire.
A 'holy alliance'.
Samuel Barber and Benjamin Britten - A Listener's Guide: Their Lives and Their Music (Parallel Lives) (w/CD).
Exploring Haydn: A Listener's Guide to Music's Boldest Innovator (w/Two Full-length Naxos CDs).

Terms of use | Copyright © 2017 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters