January 7 – Flute Sonata by Francis Poulenc: II. Cantilena

Flute Sonata by Francis Poulenc: II. Cantilena

Today we celebrate the birthday of Francis Poulenc with a recording of the beautiful second movement from his Flute Sonata. A member of the composer collective Les Six, Poulenc was an active composer in the beginning of the 20th century. This second movement is representative of his style that is reminiscent of romanticism but written for the 1900s.
Morgan Monty, the flutist on this recording, is a first-year Bachelor of Music student in flute performance at the University of South Carolina from Charleston, SC.

Performed by Morgan Monty, flute and Winifred Goodwin, piano.

January 22 – Lullaby by Dick Goodwin

Born on this day in 1941, Dick Goodwin is a prolific composer, arranger, and performer of a wide range of musical styles. A longtime member of the Columbia musical community, he holds the title of Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina, where he started USC’s doctorate of composition program. His piece Lullaby, for flute and piano, was recorded as part of the album Night Music, released in Columbia, SC in 2014. Performed by Jennifer Parker-Harley, flute and Winifred Goodwin, piano.

January 21 – Silver Lining, Movement 3 by Frank Ticheli

Frank Ticheli’s concerto for flute and wind ensemble, Silver Lining, was commissioned by a consortium of schools across the US, including the University of South Carolina in 2017 and premiered by Jim Walker at the National Flute Association Convention in Minneapolis in August, 2017. The third movement, posted here, is a rapid-fire conversation between flutist and ensemble, exploring the entire range of the instrument.  This is a live performance of the University of South Carolina Symphonic Winds under the direction of Dr. Cormac Cannon at the College Band Directors National Association meeting in Tampa in February, 2018 with Jennifer Parker-Harley, soloist.

January 22 – Sonatine by Dutilleux

Sonatine by Henri Dutilleux

French composer Henri Dutilleux was born on this day in 1916. He was not a prolific composer, but his works show great craftsmanship and attention to detail. He did not include anything he wrote before WWII in his list of works, including theSonatine for flute and piano. Despite his disavowal, the work remains one of the most popular works in the flute repertoire and is beloved by performers and listeners alike.

Performed by Zach Warren, flute (USC ’17)
Winifred Goodwin, piano

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