Solo Flute No. 1

by Ben Shaw

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This piece is the first in a song cycle called “Studies In Wind” that will consist of several pieces written for wind instruments in various ensembles. The piece is in an extended ternary form (ABABA) with each section varied by retrograding and/or inverting pitches from its parent section. With this piece I wanted to explore the timbral possibilities of the flute and allow the player to personalize their performance. Since wind is constantly shifting in and out of a consistent pace and force I sought to imbue the piece with that characteristic drifting rhythmic sense and fluctuating dynamism through allowing the player more freedom in the rubato sections and varying the rhythmic language.

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released January 14, 2019
This piece was performed by Dr. Elzbieta Brandys-O’Neill and recorded on December 9, 2018 at The Bridge Sound & Stage by Alex Allison.


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