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Composer's Notes

"The title is taken from a late poem by Browning, which provided the inspiration for the piece. It refers to the dialogue between a man and a woman who have opposing interpretations of 'the bird-like flutings' of a flautist heard through ash trees and bird-song. I make no apology for the imagery of the piece, which hinges on such phrases as 'Bullfinch-bubblings' and 'soft sounds', but most of all on the following lines:

'Fine-pearled notes that surely Gather, dew-drop fashion, Deep-down in some heart which purely Secrets globuled passion.'

"Browning's elaboration of these lines directs the form of the piece, which grows from fleeting fragments (from which all the substance is formed) to a bold and sustained statement. The rhapsodic melodic substance of the central episodes becomes transformed into a virtuosic final section, which develops the existing material in a vigorous partnership of the two instrumentalists. - Edwin Roxburgh

Difficulty guide: 9
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Item Details

Category: Contemporary Flute and Piano (c1980 onwards)
Publisher: United Music Publishers
Our Stock Code: 1115093
Media Type: Paperback