October 24 – Sequenza I by Luciano Berio

Luciano Berio, born on this day in 1925, was a pioneering composer noted for his work in electronic media and for his series of virtuosic pieces for solo instruments, the first of which is written for flute. These Sequenza are meant to explore every timbral possibility of the instruments for which they are written and often call exhaustively for extended techniques. The Sequenza I for flute is the first known use of multiphonics on the instrument as well as a pioneering usage of spacial notation. Interpretational challenges of this composition are additionally complicated by a 1992 edition which sets the piece in traditional notation and which opens up to a wide variety of choices to be made by each performer.

Nave Graham received a BM degree from the University of South Carolina.

June 18 – Caprice No. 6 by Anton Stamitz

Anton Stamitz was born on this day in 1750. Stamitz was a violinist and composer who at one time held the title ordinaire de la musique du roi in the King’s court at Versailles. He wrote a large amount of flute music including the collection of 8 Caprices which make up most of the flute’s late-eighteenth-century repertoire alongside Mozart.

Performed by Jennifer Parker-Harley
Recorded by Jeff Francis

May 29 – Andalouse by Émile Pessard

Émile Pessard was born on this day in 1843. Pessard was mainly known for his operas and masses and the Andalouse certainly employs the composer’s familiar, singing style. The piece was originally written as part of a collection of 25 works for piano but lends itself easily to performances that include a soloist playing the beautiful melody. The title probably refers to the Andalucia region of southern Spain.
Performed by Jennifer Parker-Harley
Recorded by Jeff Francis

April 13 – Mollitude by Frederic Rzewski

Performed by Lauren Watkins (USC DMA ’16)

American composer and pianist Frederic Rzewski was born on this day in 1938. Mollitude for solo flute was composed in 2006 for Molly Barth, founding member of the new music sextet eighth blackbird. Mollitude showcases a wide range of possibilities on the flute from the lowest notes to the highest, fast virtuosic passages followed by extremely soft and delicate harmonic tones, and percussive sounds marked in the score as “(stomp)”.

March 17 – Sonata, III. Introspective by John LaMontaine

Performed by Jennifer Parker-Harley
Recorded by Jeff Francis

Born in Chicago on this day in 1920, John LaMontaine won both the Pulitzer Prize and the Guggenheim Fellowship during his long career. Varied influences can be heard in his works, from sounds of nature to jazz to medieval music and folk song. He said, “Part of my creed is that you should be interested in everything.” His most popular work for flute, the Sonata, shows his characteristic rhythmic vitality and jazz influence.

March 19 – Three Preludes by Robert Muczynski

Performed by Jennifer Parker-Harley
Recorded by Jeff Francis

Born on this day in 1929, Robert Muczynski was an American composer and pianist. His relatively small compositional outlook consists primarily of chamber works and piano pieces, although his compositions for flute are numerous and have become part of the standard repertoire for the instrument. The Preludes exhibit his sense of rhythmic vitality and the influence of jazz on his style.

February 3 – Wind-Song by Sidney Lanier

Performed by Olivia Abernathy
Recorded by Jeff Francis

Born on this day in 1842 in Macon, Georgia, Sidney Lanier was a writer and flutist who was interested in exploring the interrelationship among music, poetry, and nature. More well-known for his poetry, he was a professor of literature at The Johns Hopkins University. Lanier wrote “Wind-Song” in 1874 for his audition with conductor Leopold Damrosch in New York. This piece effectively displays the many facets of virtuoso flute playing in a short, one movement format, ideal for an audition setting.