“Winter is cold and dark!”
This piece by the American composer Laura Pettigrew uses all the colours across the range of the alto flute to create the bleakness of the winter months. There is warmth in the sun certainly but from the stark solo opening, the wandering lines and sensitive piano writing give a feeling of loneliness before becoming more animated. The darkness returns culminating in a passionate cadenza. There are no contemporary effects here, only simple writing which really delivers a punch. Winter is cold and dark but there is always promise of that sun somewhere!
From the Publisher
Flowing melodies and a circular structure evoking the sun, its warmth, and life it sustains, yet a longing for me, contrasted with winter and all its harshness.
2008 NFA Newly Published Music Competition Honorable Mention.
Performance duration (approx): 5'
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).