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Five Lyrics for Flute and Piano


  • Staff Pick
  • Editor's Choice

Staff Pick

“Beautiful contemporary music!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member -

This five short vignettes are evocatively written, using the flute to maximum effect. Each one is preceded by a snippet of poetry which sets the scene. Krzywicki then uses a mixture of speed, rhythmic complexity and instrumental colour to paint the picture There are plenty of techniques to master, including flutter tonguing, harmonics, timbral trills, multiphonics and playing into the piano but they are all written within a musical framework. The end result is a sensitive portrayal of birds in Haiku. Lovely!

From the Publisher

Krzywicki uses haiku-like poems by W. S. Merwin and authentic haiku by the great Japanese poet Basho to create five evocative movements, each descriptive of a bird(s) in nature at a particular time of day, the succession creating a dawn-to-moonlight cycle. While not directly quoting a given bird's song, hints can be heard throughout. Master flutist Jeffrey Khaner, who premiered the work in Philadelphia, has recorded it on the all-Krzywicki "Alchemy" CD (Albany Records). Listen to snippets on For advanced performers.

Performance duration (approx): 17'00

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


  1. Evocatively, flexibly
  2. Scherzando
  3. Freely
  4. Crotchet = 60
  5. Spaciously

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Piano
Category: Contemporary Flute and Piano Music
Publisher: Tenuto Publications
Publisher's reference: 494-02916
Our Stock Code: 1463217
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts (28 pages [score])