THE MUSIC OF FLUTIST/COMPOSERS: PERFORMANCES OF SELECTED WORKS FOR FLUTE COMPOSED BETWEEN 1852 AND 2005
McIver, Sarah Eckman
Montgomery, William L.
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This dissertation explores selections from the flute repertoire composed by flutists from 1852 through 2005. The selected works represent the wide variety of flute music written by composers who played the flute in some capacity; most of the flutist/composers were also major performers, some were accomplished teachers, and some were widely-known composers who play the flute well enough to understand its capabilities but would not qualify as a performer/composer. After researching a large selection of works written by flutist/composers and using my subjective judgment when appropriate, twenty-three works were chosen for the dissertation on the basis of their popularity, familiarity with the composer, importance in the development of flute literature, relevance to the history of the flute, and the composer’s overall importance to music. Over twenty years of personal experience with the flute literature and my familiarity with certain composers served as a starting point for the research. Previous Title of Dissertation: THE MUSIC OF FLUTIST/COMPOSERS: PERFORMANCES OF SELECTED WORKS FOR FLUTE COMPOSED BETWEEN 1852 AND 2005 Sarah Eckman McIver, Doctor of Musical Arts, 2010 Directed by: Dr. William L. Montgomery School of Music areas of research in this field encompass either broad surveys of the entire flute literature, or various dissertations and biographies written about individual flutist/composers. A variety of other sources consulted include composer websites, commercial recordings, email discussion groups, and recital programs. The selected works performed and discussed are the following: Robert Aitken, Icicle; Joachim Andersen, Deuxième Morceau de Concert, Op. 61; Georges Barrère, Nocturne; Theobald Boehm, Fantaisie sur des Airs Ecossais, Op. 25; Elizabeth Brown, Arcana; Ian Clarke, T R K s; Robert Dick, Afterlight; Franz Doppler, Airs Valaques, Op. 10; Brian Ferneyhough, Cassandra’s Dream Song; John Fonville, Venus Noodles; Philippe Gaubert, Sonate; Philip Glass, Arabesque in Memoriam; John Heiss, Etudes for Solo Flute, Op. 20; Jennifer Higdon, Autumn Reflection; Katherine Hoover, Medieval Suite; Anne La Berge, Indeed; Otto Luening, Third Short Sonata; Quinto Maganini, Caprice Terpsichore, Op. 12, No. 2; Mike Mower, Sonata No. 3; Jane Rigler, Two Seaming; Harvey Sollberger, Riding the Wind II; Lamar Stringfield, Pastoral Scene; and Paul Taffanel, Andante Pastoral et Scherzettino. These flutist/composers have contributed greatly to the development of the instrument and the flutists’ standard repertoire, and they have also had a wide-ranging influence on the greater musical community.