Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion

in Three Movements

Melinda Wagner

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Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
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It was during a rehearsal of my orchestral work, "Falling Angels", in October 1995, that conductor and flutist Paul Lustig Dunkel first suggested that I compose a concerto for him. Delighted and honored to be given such a wonderful opportunity, I quickly agreed, and in the following year the Westchester Philharmonic commissioned the work in anticipation of its forthcoming 15th Anniversary celebration.

Several concerns presented themselves at the outset. While the flute is an incredibly agile instrument, capable of producing its signature silvery pyrotechnics as well as tones of dark and mysterious liveliness, it does not cut the same kind of ?heroic? figure as the concerto ?heavy hitters,? the piano and the violin. Nor does it necessarily stand up, acoustically or spiritually, to huge orchestra forces, or comfortably carry off a certain brand of angst. For these reasons, I agreed with Maestro Dunkel to omit winds and brass from my plans, thus leaving me to ?discover? the palette of colors used by Bart

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Commission Commissioned by the Westchester Philharmonic in honor of Paul Lustig Dunkel?s 15th season as Music Director and Conductor.
Composition Date 1998
Duration 00:24:00
Orchestration Solo Fl.; Timp. 3Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Str. (10.8.6.4.2)
Premiere 30th & 31st May, 1998. Paul Lustig Dunkel, Flute; Westchester Philharmonic, conducted by Mark Mandarano.

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