This atmospheric piece really holds your interest. Each section is a voyage of discovery leading you onto the next which is just around the corner. This is all held together by two contrasting themes representing the conrasting natures of the title. There is plenty of interaction between the flute and piano and some note bending which add interesting textures, and the flexibility in the performance directions means there is plenty of scope to set your imagination free. Enticing!
From the Publisher
BitterSweet for Flute and Piano by Ken Benshoof was commissioned by the Seattle Flute Society in celebration of their 40th anniversary. Take a pair of themes, which are to each other as Bitter is to Sweet: The first — a whimsical, quizzical, searching Flute, with commentary from the Piano. The second — soft modal tonalities in the Piano, with lyrical thoughts in the Flute.
Honorable Mention: NFA Newly Published Music Awards 2022
Performance duration (approx): 8'00
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).