Euphony (2007)


For flute choir

Piccolo – Flute I, II, III – Alto flute – Bass flute – Contrabass flute

Commissioned by:
Debbie Gilbert, Artistic Director of the Woodbridge Flute Choir (Woodbridge, VA)

Woodbridge Flute Choir
Bull Run Library, Manassas, VA
October 21, 2007

Woodbridge Flute Choir
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Burke, VA
Spring 2008

Program Notes:

From Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary:
Pronunciation: ˈyü-fə-nē
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -nies

Etymology: French euphonie, from Late Latin euphonia, from Greek euphonia, from euphonos sweet-voiced, musical, from eu- + phone voice
1: pleasing or sweet sound; especially: the acoustic effect produced by words so formed or combined as to please the ear

Euphony is essentially a series of variations on the theme performed by the solo third flute at the very beginning of the work.  The theme is transformed in various ways as it is repeated several times throughout the work; for example, the tempo, time signature, key center, note values, style and mood of the theme are each altered to some degree over the course of several repetitions.  The theme is nearly always accompanied by at least one, and often more than one, layer of free counterpoint, and the tonality and harmonization of the theme evolves over the course of the work from minor to major.  Finally, I used the motive of the minor third, which was the original impetus for the composition of the theme, as a unifying element throughout all levels of the work.

This work was commissioned by and is dedicated to Ms. Debbie Gilbert and the marvelous Woodbridge Flute Choir of Woodbridge, VA.