Shulamit Ran has created many powerful and sparkling works for flutists, but none for Flute and Piano until the Chicago Flute Club commissioned this work to be premiered at the 2014 NFA convention in Chicago. The inspiration for Birds of Paradise is based on Ran’s vision of a fantastical bird of many bright and amazing colors and the ability to soar high and in different speeds. Birds of Paradise intersperses brilliant and energetic music with the wondrous and songful.
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).