Pan Penseroso

For Two Flutes and Piano

Martin Bresnick

Score and Part(s)
Performing Ensemble: Flute Duet with Piano
Instrumentation: Two Flutes, Piano
Item Number: W2651
Number of Pages: 76
Duration: 18:00
Publisher: Carl Fischer Music
Print Status: In Print


Quick Overview

Written for master flutist Robert Dick, Pan Penseroso includes a number of procedures explored in his pioneering book The Other Flute: A Performance Manual of Contemporary Techniques. Originally written for one flute, Bresnick created a two-flute version in order to make the piece accessible to a greater variety of players. This work is presented in three movements, each of which takes their titles from John Milton’s poem Il Penseroso (The Contemplative Man). The music aligns itself with this response to the poets earlier L’Allegro (The Cheerful Man). Orchestra version available on rental. Dur.: 24’

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Scores & Parts

Pan Penseroso - Rental
Pan Penseroso - Full Score - Large

Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by the National Flute Association, Inc. for Robert Dick


I. The Noise of Folly
II. Pan Penseroso
III. More is Meant (than meets the ear)

State Lists

NFA Newly Published Award