December 16 – Allegro and Menuett by Beethoven

Happy Birthday to Ludwig van Beethoven, born on this day in 1770! It was supposedly written as a souvenir to his friend, J.M. Degenhart, on the occasion of Beethoven’s departure from his hometown in Bonn. This piece, written in 1792, is a charming display of young Beethoven’s early classical style.

Jennifer Parker-Harley is the Associate Professor of Flute at the University of South Carolina and enjoys a versatile career as a teacher and performer. Philip Snyder is completing a DMA in Flute Performance at the University of South Carolina.

September 5 – Three Pieces for Two Flutes by John Cage

Today we celebrate the birthday of the iconic American composer, John Cage who was born on September 5, 1912. These three early pieces of the composer were written in 1935 while Cage was studying with Arnold Schoenberg. The pieces can be seen as studies in chromatic counterpoint and the Grave movement, recorded here, tricks the listener’s ear as the two flutists swap registers and parts of the beat to create striking composite rhythms and harmonies. This recording features Jennifer Parker-Harley, professor of flute at the University of South Carolina and Philip Snyder who received his DMA from USC in 2018.

September 17 – O tu suavissima virga by Hildegard von Bingen

Today we celebrate the birthday of Hildegard of Bingen who was born in 1098. She was a Saint and a Benedictine abbess who wrote many liturgical songs among other compositions and scholarly writings. This version for two flutes was arranged by Samantha Marshall. Samantha Marshall and Zach Warren are both graduates of the University of South Carolina and are now pursuing graduate studies at Mannes School of Music and the University of Texas at Austin respectively.

Performed by Samantha Marshall and Zach Warren

January 27 – Dialogues by Damase

Born on this day, Jean-Michele Damase (1928-2013) wrote prolifically for the flute. He described his own music as, “basically music that is cheerful and singing, but also enriched with a certain nostalgia and a little depth.” His flute writing also exhibits a thorough knowledge of the instrument and a playful rhythmic sense, making it a joy to play.

Performed by Jennifer Parker-Harley and Wendy Cohen
Recorded by Jeff Francis