From the Publisher
For this composition I have been inspired by three 'real' Graces: three sisters attending my school who played the flute very well. In order to write a composition for them, it seemed quite natural to quote the 'charis' (later called Graces by the Romans) in musical terms. They were the daughters of Zeus, beneficial goddesses, the symbols of youthful gracefulness and joy of living who were members of the entourage of the goddess of love Aphrodite (Venus), or the god of the muses, Apollo, and who danced, made music and served the gods.
The first one was called Aglaia which means splendour. Her piece receives its festive splendour through pronouced rhythms, fanfare-like melodies and exciting harmonies. Thaleia (flower or flowery happiness) features the 1st flute singing expressively about the dark ground of thirds softly ascending chromatically. Euphrosyne means jollity and was conceived as a scherzando finale using three different rhythms.
May these three miniatures give their players as much joy as the Graces gave the gods in former times. If, in addition, the literature for three flutes - which is not too extensive - is enriched, the purpose of these compositions will be doubly fulfilled.
Performance duration (approx): 5'30"
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).