Flute Ensemble Music
River Water – Flute Choir (2017)
Piccolo, 4 flutes, Alto, Bass, Contrabass
River Water is a setting of the Liaoning Chinese melody Jiang He Shui. This piece, made popular on the erhu, tells the sad story of a woman mourning by a river. This setting was premiered by the Adult Choir of the Madison Flute Club.
Farewell at Yangguan Pass – Flute Choir (2018)
Piccolo, 5 flutes, Alto, Bass, Contrabass (optional)
Farewell at Yangguan Pass is a setting of the ancient Chinese melody Yangguan Sandie. The melody corresponds to the Tang Dynasty Wang Wei text:
The morning rain of Weicheng dampens the light dust,
The guest house is green with the color of fresh willows.
Let’s finish another cup of wine, my dear sir,
Out west past the Yangguan, old friends there’ll be none.
In this setting I tried to contrast the imagery of the desolate Yangguan landscape with soft and tender feelings for the departing friend. The piece was premiered by the High School Choir of the Madison Flute Club.
This piece is not yet published; email Ty for more information.
Flight Of the Oarfish – Flute trio (2018)
3 C flutes
This trio began as attempt to create a new, original melody in the style of some of the traditional Chinese melodies I was studying at the time. At least one Chinese musician has told me I’ve succeed. Though I’m not aware of any Chinese legend concerning an oarfish, they look like magical creatures to me, real life Chinese dragons. There is a Japanese myth about the ones that wash up on shore, that they are sent by a water dragon to warn people of impending disaster. At first I thought that subject a bit dark for this piece, but then I looked at the beaching of the fish as a transition, a transformation. When the piece begins the oarfish is as home in the deep ocean, for the fugal development it begins its ‘flight’ up into the shallows. At the return of the opening melody the oarfish’s flight is complete and it swims comfortably in the celestial realm.
This piece is not yet published, email Ty for more information.
A Red, Red Rose – Flute Choir (2012, arranged 2017)
4 flutes, alto, bass, and a featured alto and bass flute solo
This arrangement of my earlier choral work for flutes is a bit low flute heavy. C flutes are only in 2 parts much of the way through while the featured low flute solos are exposed. An ideal ensemble to realize this setting might be of mixed skill levels so the C flutes could be comfortable with the extra support while the soloists strike out on their own. We read this setting at the 2017 NFA Convention.
Arrangements of popular song for Flute ensemble
I premiered each of these duet settings with another member of the Madison Flute Club in 2018, enjoy:
I reset some traditional texts to a new melody for my wife, Marién, when we were doing the long distance relationship thing and premiered the TTBB setting with the Madison Men’s Choir. I later arranged it for full choir and again for flutes.
I set this standard for the UW Men’s Choir. For the premiere we doubled the bass line on a string bass and that performance was captured on YouTube.
For this setting I was heavily influenced by some spiritual settings of Moses Hogan’s I’ve sung. I tried to do a similar treatment here but with a standard. This setting was read by the UW-Madison Concert Choir.
I premiered this folk tune setting with the UW Men’s Choir.