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 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

January 28 – A Tale of Four Dragons by Fang Man

A Tale of Four Dragons by Fang Man

To celebrate Chinese New Year, today we share a work by Fang Man, a Chinese-born composer. Fang is a prolific composer of both large- and small-scale works, including electro-acoustic music and opera, and she is currently a professor of composition at USC. Her music has been performed by such ensembles as the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group and the Tokyo Philharmonic. Her piece A Tale of Four Dragons, commissioned by Mimi Stillman, is written for a solo flutist who also provides narration of the titular story, an ancient Chinese folktale, between sections of the music. The composition is excerpted for this video.

Performed by Jennifer Parker-Harley, flute and Mike Harley, narrator