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.

March 22 – Black Anemones By Joseph Schwantner

Performed by Jennie Oh Brown, flute (http://jenniebrownflute.com/)
Cindy Trowbridge, piano

Born on this day in 1943, Joseph Schwantner is known for his dramatic and unique style and as a gifted orchestral colorist. Black Anemones – a transcription for flute and piano of a song originally published in 1980 – explores the lyrical side of the flute. Jennie Oh Brown is a great friend of the USC Flute Studio and her recording of Schwantner’s flute works, Looking Back, is available from Innova Records (https://www.innova.mu/albums/jennie-oh-brown/looking-back)

Originally posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnnuKcqsX4U

March 31

Jake Heggie, born on March 31, is an American composers most known for his contemporary operas which earned him a Guggenheim Fellowship. Fury of Light was written flutist Carol Wincenc to celebrate her Ruby Anniversary and is inspired by Mary Oliver’s poem, “Sunrise.” The last line of the poem informs the piece, saying “whatever you want, it is/happiness, it is another one/of the ways to enter/fire.”