Elements for Flute and Piano

Underneath all of its silk-toned finery, there lurks an indigenous quality in the flute reminiscent of its ancient, woody ancestors - lute, recorder, and pan-flute. When I was commissioned in 2000 by Young Concert Artists to create a recital work for flutist Mimi Stillman, I immediately began to fantasize about a piece with some kind of primordial flavor. After taking note of her special gifts, I settled on a continuous, four-movement form that would seamlessly present her wide variety of playing in a unified fashion. The Aristotelian categories of matter - Earth, Water, Air, Fire - attracted because of their suggestive possibilities, while providing a blank slate regarding overall form.

--Mason Bates

Solo parts included: Flute

SKU: 212100001149
Weight: 1.15 lb

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