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Senior Recital Playlist

Updated: Apr 9, 2021

As a result of COVID-19 threats and social distancing policies, my senior recital has been postponed indefinitely. Rather than sharing the incomplete program, I have made a playlist of recordings I from throughout this academic year that best represent my playing. I am so grateful for the people who had planned to attend and for everyone listening now. I hope you enjoy!



PROGRAM


Adler: "Canto XII" for Piccolo

Nielsen: Concerto for Flute; Allegro Moderato

Bozza: "Image" for Solo Flute


Samuel Adler (b. 1928) is an American composer and conductor, known for his work teaching at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School, as well as his book "The Study of Orchestration." "Canto XIII" is part of a series of cantos that Adler wrote for various solo instruments. This particular canto was written for Jan Gippo of the St. Louis Symphony and features variations of a Gregorian Kyrie interrupted by a dance, a march, and then another dance. I first came across "Canto XIII" while browsing piccolo pieces as I accompanied a friend to the ER. Sitting in the gloomy waiting room, the piece struck me as uniquely somber for piccolo music. I decided in that moment I would program this piece on my recital, and as luck would have it, I found out the next day that Dr. Adler would soon be coming to give a lecture at my school. Through these somewhat coincidental experiences, I have come to feel a deep connection with "Canto XIII," and I am glad that its solo nature allows me to share it with you in its complete form.


Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) was a Danish composer, conductor, and violist. This concerto features a range of characters and motifs, and is one of the staples of the flute repertoire. I have had the pleasure of working on this concerto over the course of this academic year, and while I have not had the opportunity to record the second movement, I hope to do so soon.


Eugene Bozza (1905-1991) was a graduate of the Paris Conservatory and recipient of the Grand Prix de Rome, a renowned arts scholarship in France. He is perhaps best known for his compositions for wind instruments, although he was also a skilled violinist and conductor. Image for Solo Flute is dedicated to Marcel Moyse, a contemporary of Bozza and prominent figure in flute pedagogy. The piece features the flute’s expansive range, as well as the extended technique of flutter-tonguing.

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