Petite Suite

Flute and Piano




May 02, 2016




Program Notes

When writing this piece, I wanted to use rhythmic complexity to make the music interesting, while still maintaining a sense of coherence. This is especially true of the first movement, which alternates bars of 5/8 and 6/8 and utilizes complex syncopated rhythms. The piece is challenging for the performers not only because of the constant syncopation, but because the pattern of the syncopation changes continually. This idea of rhythm and syncopation is carried on through the second and third movements as the thread that holds the piece together. Throughout the entire work, the flute and piano each play equally important roles; rather than one accompanying the other, both instruments often trade sections of melody and contribute equally to the rhythmic texture of the piece.


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