for Small Ensemble

William Mayer

Performing Ensemble: Mixed Ensemble
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

For some reason I have always though of the flute as an almost magical instrument, rising out of mysterious backgrounds and falling back into them. The opening measures of "Messages" and the second movement, which could be called the heart of the work, attempt to capture this otherworldly view of the flute.

Each of the four movements take their shape from a key image or sound; the first from the rustling of grass on a wild plain; the second from drums calling out to the flute; the third from the dry clicks and clacks of wood, signaling the flute and each other; and the fourth from distant lights, endlessly quavering. The short last movement, adapted from an earlier piano piece, is less complete then the preceding movements, but I decided to include it, as its serenity seemed welcome after the multiple exchanges of the earlier movements.

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Scores & Parts

Messages - Full Score - Study

Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by Paul Dunkel.
Composition Date 1973
Duration 00:12:00
Orchestration Fl. Perc. Vln. Vla. Vcl.
Premiere January 7th, 1973. Paul Dunkel/Flute, Eugene Drucker/Violin, John Graham/Viola, Fred Sherry/Cello, Richard Fitz/Percussion, New York, NY.

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