“A welcome treat!”
To say that music for flute and horn is quite unusual would be something of an understatement, which makes these Six Dialogues a welcome treat. The writing is very well crafted, with both instruments able to project their own identity as well become a unified force. Ranging in mood from the opening powerful 'The Dialectic' to the more reflective 'Hymn to Love', and 'Virtue', there is plenty of variety to hold the audience for 16 minutes. Each one really does stand alone though so you are spoilt for choice. To say that any of them would make a great contribution to a concert is another understatement!
From the Publisher
Six Dialogues “Reflections on Plato” for flute and horn by Roger C. Vogel. Few other authors in the history of Western philosophy can compare with Plato in the depth and range of his work. His dialogues have long highly esteemed in their treatment of justice, virtue, and love, as well as political, religious, and other social concerns. Socrates is most often the protagonist in the dialogues with his dialectic method of inquiry, a rigorous conversation consisting of short questions that lead to the heart of any matter. At odds with Socrates are the sophists, teachers whose mastery of rhetoric, the art of persuasion, seeks to convince the listeners to accept their propositions without critical inquiry. Each of the "Six Dialogues" is a reflection on one aspect of Plato’s dialogues: The Dialectic, Hymn to Love, Virtue, Rhetoric, Justice, and The Sophists. Two scores are included.
Performance duration (approx): 16'00"
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).