This is beautiful piece which sounds unmistakeably American. There are echoes of the Copland Duo at the start with the fifths in the flute melody evoking vast empty spaces and an sense of loneliness. This mood runs through the whole piece. The flute becomes more expansive as the melody evolves and there are ossia alternatives to some of the more florid passages to ensure that this can be maintained throughout these more technically demanding sections. The substance of this music is definitely in the tonal colouring and nuanced phrasing though. Master those and this will be an absolute winner!
From the Publisher
Air is songlike and melodic, and it is the purest and sparest piece I've written in a few years. It contains many hymn- or chant-like elements, and though rooted in E flat major, it retains a kind of plaintive quality more reminiscent of minor or modal tonalities. Formally, it combines a developing variation form with a simple song form.
Performance duration (approx): 13'
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).