Left Behind for Solo Flute left hand only
- Staff Pick
“Music for everyone.”
The music of Sarah Bassingthwaighte is really imaginative and it always has an ethereal quality which can transport you to another world. This piece is no exception. Everything is mostly soft and muted, whistle and wind tones open and close the piece which, together with note bends and harmonics, add textural interest. Grace notes and accents drive the music forward in with flashes of strong colour too, ensuring that there is passion as well a peace. It is technically demanding to play and requires strength of fingers as well as a very flexible embouchure but is obviously a great work out for the left hand! Music for everyone.
From the Publisher
Left Behind for Solo Flute (left-hand only) by Sarah Bassingthwaighte. From the composer: "I was approached with the idea of composing a piece for solo flute using only the left hand. This could be played by someone with a right-hand or wrist injury, or for anyone interested in trying a new flute adventure. My first thought is that the options would be very limited, and then I thought of something Stravinsky said that has rolled around in my head for years: “The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one’s self. And the arbitrariness of the constraint serves only to obtain precision of execution.” He spoke often about the necessity of imposing restrictions to creating great music."
Performance duration (approx): 5'00
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).