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Chardonnay for Solo Flute (2001)

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“Fabulous!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

This is a lovely piece! Fluid in construction, it encourages an improvisational freedom in performance which the cross-culture influences really enhance It's all conventionally notated with uncomplicated rhythms and conventional tonguing patterns so the skill is to bring out the character of the contrasting slow-fast-slow sections and create something magical. It's fabulous!

From the Publisher

Chardonnay is one of my earliest pieces — I wrote it when I was seventeen years old, and just beginning to grapple with composition seriously.

The piece is so indicative of where I was at that time in my life: it is inspired in equal parts by Debussy’s incredible solo flute piece Syrinx, and the designs on a glass of Chardonnay at dinner at a restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. 

I went home after that dinner and wrote this piece in a single night — partially because I was inspired, and mostly because I had to. Up until this time, composing had just been a fun creative outlet for me. But suddenly the ground was shifting under me, as major composition programs started calling me back for auditions I never fathomed I would be offered. Some auditions required more pieces than I had in my portfolio… and so I wrote Chardonnay, had a recording made, and got on a plane with 48 hours of seeing that glass of wine.

Years later, I think the piece still has the tentativeness, urgency, and wild abandon of a teenager trying to find her place in an ever-expanding world.

Performance duration (approx): 5'00

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

Item Details

Instrumentation

  • Part 1: Flute
Category: Solo Flute Repertoire
Publisher: Reena Esmail
Our Stock Code: 1495386
Media Type: Paperback (3 pages [score])

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