Autumn has been particularly beautiful this year.
Red Leaves of Autumn
A couple of weeks ago I took a trip to Westonbirt Arboretum and took some photographs of the trees. Many of the trees were still green, some had turned a rich red, others were in the process of turning. Spectacular!
I suppose it should be a depressing season – winter is just a few weeks away, another year will be over. I will be a year older and will have accomplished little with my life, and will have that bit less of it left.
Yet I also find that first slight hint of a chill in the air invigorating. Before the really bad weather sets in, this time of year often produces days of astonishing beauty. The light is a rich golden glow rather than the harsh glare of summer.
Red Leaves of Autumn
This is a new composition, written for a workshop at the OCA on writing for the flute.
As the name suggests, this piece is inspired by the great flute writing of the baroque period, particularly JS Bach and CPE Bach, also Telemann. Therefore it is a mixture of baroque and a more contemporary styles. I have had the idea to write something like this for a few years, it has been nice to have the incentive to finally get around to it.
The piece is based on dance forms, but I have substituted a tango for the first movement which of course was not a dance of the baroque era.
This movement mixes passages using whole tone and half tone scales with more traditional tonal passages to product two contrasting themes. It should be played at a moderate pace, about that of a normal tango.
This movement has the character of a sarabande so I have called it that. However unlike a
traditional sarabande it is in 5/4 time. The thing I like about this time signature is that it can be played as a group of 3 beats followed by 2, or as a group of 2 beats followed by 3.
This movement should be played at a slow pace with a strict tempo, and relatively little dynamic variation. The mood is one of calmness and serenity.
This movement has the character of a gigue, so I have called it that. While mostly in 3/8 it plays around with the time signature a bit and like the first movement uses both whole and half tone passages as well as more traditional tonal ones.
The mood is light and bubbly and it needs to be played fast.
These files have been updated (June 2nd 2012) to reflect revisions in the piece.
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