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THEODORE PRESSER COMPANY PRESENTS

2019 – 2020

THE ETUDE f or the M o d ern Fl u t i st

ORCHESTRAL EXCERPTS, VOL. 2

New pieces to Explore

Seven years in the making, it is now here!

Check out new pieces from our much-loved composers

IN MEMORIAM Katherine Hoover, Janice Bullard & Robert Stallman

presser. in tune with the times since 1883


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NEW ISSUES Exciting new works from Presser & Falls House

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Jasmine Choi and Denis Bouriakov’s inspired new editions

ORCHESTRAL EXCERPTS, VOL 2 Following the huge success of Volume 1, comes Volume 2

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PERFORMERS TO WATCH

TRAVEL, NATURE, DRAMA Themed works that will take you and your audiences to exciting places

RISING STARS Introducing Lora Al-Ahmad, Anne E. McKennon, Richard Prior

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THE VIEW FROM

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MY DESK Welcome to the 2019 NFA issue of The Etude, Presser’s magazine sharing what’s new and exciting. Since we saw you last, we’ve stayed in tune with the times upping our game on social media – be sure to follow @TheodorePresserCompany on Instagram and Facebook for ongoing news about composers, performances, youtube links, and special promotions. This year’s exhibit features 30 new publications from Presser, Falls House, and Carl Fischer – please read through the magazine for close-ups on what’s in it for you.

My year as Editor starts every mid-August and culminates at the NFA convention. These four days always feel like Christmas and New Year’s (!), seeing hundreds of friends old and new, hearing your performances, and most of all introducing you to our new publications. It’s a wonderful honor to present Volume 2 of “The Baxtresser Book” after years of development and anticipation! Please look through the following pages to learn about: • • • • • • • •

Fuzzette, the Tarantula by Robert Muczynski, now available for the first time New recital music for low flutes, and lots of new music for piccolo Paula Robison’s flute versions of the Gershwin Three Preludes and other music of the period New editions by Jasmine Choi and Denis Bouriakov New recital works by Ewazen, Zyman, Harberg, Schocker, and more Music for mixed woodwinds by Cohen, Harberg, and Schocker New composers to watch: Lora Al-Ahmad, Anne E. McKennon, and Richard Prior Premieres from the 2018 convention now in print

The Presser booth also features music from affiliates Forest Glade, Alias Press, UE, Zimmerman, Vienna Urtext, Lemoine, Hildegard, Papagena, Billaudot – and highlights from the Falls House Press catalog, now in its third year of new issues curated by Cindy Anne Broz, produced in tandem with Presser’s editorial staff. With so much happening in 2019, how can we follow it next year? Here’s some of what’s already in store for 2020! • Cathy Herrera’s “It’s Performance Day” – a book on physical and mental prep for concert day • Flute/Piano editions of Samuel Zyman’s Concerto No. 1 and Richard Prior’s Concerto that you’ll hear at this year’s orchestra gala • Three collections of wind quintets by jazz legend Don Gillis • Leone Buyse’s annotated edition of duets by W.F. Bach • New recital music from your favorite Presser composers • More transcriptions from Jasmine Choi and Denis Bouriakov See you at the Presser booth!

DANIEL DORFF, VP OF PUBLISHING

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Presser Lora Al-Ahmad.........................Two Skazkas.............................................................. Flute........................................114-41942 Martin Amlin............................Three Inventions....................................................... 5 Flutes...................................114-41939 arr. Paula Robison..................A Touch of Blue......................................................... Flute/Piano.............................114-41944 Daniel Dorff...............................Sonata (Spirit of the Hudson)................................. Bass Flute/Piano...................114-41890 Daniel Dorff...............................Concertino................................................................. Flute/Piano.............................114-41918 ed. Jeanne Baxtresser............Orchestral Excerpts for Flute, Vol. 2....................... Flute/Piano (Method)............414-41205 Eric Ewazen...............................Divinities at Dawn.................................................... Flute/Piano.............................114-41462 Stacy Garrop.............................Silver Dagger............................................................. Flute/Cello/Piano..................114-41943 Amanda Harberg.....................Sonata for Piccolo.................................................... Piccolo/Piano.........................114-41922 Amanda Harberg.....................Suite for Wind Quintet............................................. Wind Quintet.........................114-41949 Robert Muczynski...................Fuzzette, the Tarantula............................................ Narrator/Piano/Sax/Flute....114-41938 Paganini/Denis Bouriakov...La Campanella ........................................................ Flute/Piano.............................114-41855 Reichert/Jasmine Choi...........The Encore Solo......................................................Flute........................................114-41946 Sarasate/Jasmine Choi..........Zigeunerweisen......................................................... Flute/Piano.............................114-41936 Gary Schocker..........................Three Dances for Flute and Piano.......................... Flute/Piano.............................114-41948 Gary Schocker..........................Little Helpers............................................................. 2 Flutes...................................114-41955 Gary Schocker..........................Sonata No. 4............................................................. Piccolo/Piano.........................114-41956 Gary Schocker..........................Three’s a Crowd........................................................ Flute/Oboe/Bassoon............114-41957 Gary Schocker..........................Seafarers................................................................... 4 Flutes, Piano.......................114-41958 Samuel Zyman.........................Canción de Cuna...................................................... Flute/Piano.............................144-40723

Falls House Adrienne Albert.......................Piccolodeon.............................................................. Piccolo/Piano..............................FH0516 Janice Bullard...........................Fantasies on Celtic Airs............................................ Flute/Piano..................................FH0507 Jonathan Cohen.......................Playdates, Book I...................................................... Flute/Clarinet/Bassoon.............FH0518 Paige Dashner Long................Contrafusion............................................................. Low Flute Choir..........................FH0521 Anne E. McKennon..................Fledgling.................................................................... Piccolo/Flute...............................FH0514 Anne E. McKennon..................Hard Place (Between a Rock...)............................... 2 Flutes........................................FH0513 Gary Schocker..........................Gist............................................................................. Piccolo/Piano..............................FH0520 Gary Schocker..........................Cartwheels................................................................ Piccolo/Piano..............................FH0519 Sousa/Erik Meyer....................The Stars and Stripes Forever................................. 4 Piccolos....................................FH0515

Carl Fischer Mozart/Robert Stallman.......Nine Variations on a Minuet by Duport................ Flute/Piano................................... W2690

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MUST-HAVE

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METHODS

The Flute 101 Series Creative and organized, these books feature innovative tools for learning: lesson plans, songs, duets and more help to develop tone, technique, and musicianship. No matter where your students are, the Flute 101 Series can help you meet them there, making it the must-have staple of the flute teaching studio! Patricia George & Phyllis Avidan Louke, Flute 101: Mastering the Basics.........................................................414-41200 Patricia George & Phyllis Avidan Louke, Flute 102: Mastering the Basics.........................................................414-41208 Patricia George & Phyllis Avidan Louke, Flute 103: Mastering the Basics.........................................................414-41210 Patricia George & Phyllis Avidan Louke, The Flute Scale Book...........................................................................414-41206 Patricia George & Phyllis Avidan Louke, The Art of Chunking............................................................................414-41213

Orchestral Excerpts Series You want that orchestra job? Then take your audition to the next level by learning from the very best! An essential. Jeanne Baxtresser, Orchestral Excerpts for Flute, vol 1..........................................................................................414-41171 Jeanne Baxtresser, Orchestral Excerpts for Flute, vol 2..........................................................................................414-41205 Jeanne Baxtresser, Great Flute Duos from the Orchestral Repertoire...................................................................414-41186 Jack Wellbaum, Orchestral Excerpts for Piccolo.......................................................................................................414-41180

Other Methods Piccolo players rejoice! From daily exercises, to technique studies, and through to challenging cantabile melodies, Mazzanti will step up your game. Start your day the Mazzanti Way! Nicola Mazzanti, Mazzanti Method for Piccolo........................................................................................................414-41212 Auditions coming up? Sharon Sparrow has you covered, with the tips and mindset you need to nail it! Sharon Sparrow, Six Weeks to Finals.............................................................................................................................. 417-41040 This standard flute method proceeds at a rapid pace, including material for two to three years of study! Ernest Wagner, Foundation to Flute Playing...........................................................................................................................O223 Tried and true! This collection contains 36 pieces for flute with piano including works by Bach, Bizet, Debussy, Faure, Gossec, Marcello, Saint-Saens, Schubert and more. Donald Peck, Solos for Flute........................................................................................................................................... ATF104

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NFA PROGRAMMED

PERFORMANCES

Thursday, August 1 Ingolf Dahl ......................................................Variations on a Swedish Folk Tune.....................12:00 PM.......................Ballroom F Gary Schocker ................................................Flutum Mysterium................................................12:00 PM.................... Lobby Foyer Alaunde Copley-Woods ................................Chickens in the Garden........................................12:00 PM.......................Ballroom F Gary Schocker ................................................Views From Falls House ......................................12:00 PM.................... Lobby Foyer Daniel Dorff ....................................................Sleepy Hollow (world premiere)..........................12:00 PM.......................Ballroom F Valerie Coleman, Amanda Harberg ..........The Flute Speakeasy Workshop..........................1:30 PM..........................Ballroom J Eve Beglarian .................................................I will not be sad in this world...............................1:00 PM......................Ballroom AC

Friday, August 2 Amanda Harberg ...........................................Suite for Wind Quintet.........................................9:00 AM......................Ballroom AC Franz Liszt/Long ............................................Angelus! Priere aux Anges Gardiens..................9:30 AM.........................Ballroom F Daniel Dorff ....................................................Concertino ............................................................10:15 AM.............................. 251AD Carter Pann ....................................................Giantess.................................................................10:15 AM.............................. 251AD Georg Philipp Telemann/ Dombourian-Eby ......................................Concerto TWV 52e:1.............................................10:15 AM.............................. 251AD Jules Massenet/Taffanel .............................Meditation from “Thaïs” ......................................2:00 PM........................ Ballroom B Chen Yi/Holzhauser ......................................Memory .................................................................2:00 PM........................ Ballroom B Samuel Zyman ..............................................Canción de Cuna (world premiere).....................2:00 PM........................ Ballroom B Nicolas Avinée ...............................................Le Château Hanté.................................................2:00 PM.........................Ballroom F Katherine Hoover .........................................Kokopelli ...............................................................2:00 PM........................ Ballroom B Peter Senchuk ...............................................On Broad and Rolling Plains................................2:00 PM.........................Ballroom F Verne Reynolds .............................................Sonata....................................................................4:00 PM......................Ballroom AC Paul Taffanel ..................................................Fantaisie sur le Freischütz...................................4:00 PM......................Ballroom AC Samuel Zyman ...............................................Sonata No. 1..........................................................4:00 PM......................Ballroom AC Kenji Bunch ....................................................Velocity...................................................................5:00 PM........................ Ballroom B Daniel Dorff ....................................................Invention after BWV 1013....................................6:00 PM................................ 251AD Daniel Dorff ....................................................Nocturnes for the Nativity...................................6:00 PM................................ 251AD Lowell Liebermann .......................................Sonata ...................................................................8:00 PM.................. Abravanel Hall

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NFA PROGRAMMED

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PERFORMANCES

Saturday, August 3 Peter Senchuk ...............................................Canadian Celebration...........................................9:00 AM.........................Ballroom F Peter Senchuk ...............................................Locomotion...........................................................9:00 AM.........................Ballroom F Eric Ewazen .....................................................Eternal Spring........................................................9:30 AM......................Ballroom AC Sigfrid Karg-Elert/Cathey ............................Praise the Lord With Flutes.................................11:00 AM.......................Ballroom F Faustin JeanJean ...........................................Ski-Symphonie......................................................11:00 AM.......................Ballroom F Peter Senchuk ...............................................Hopak.....................................................................11:00 AM.......................Ballroom F Arvo Pärt ........................................................Estländer................................................................11:30 AM........................Ballroom J David Clayton-Thomas/Senchuk ...............Spinning Wheel.....................................................12:00 PM.................... Lobby Foyer Peter Senchuk ...............................................For Ella - A jazz reimagining of Für Elise.............12:00 PM.................... Lobby Foyer Peter Senchuk ...............................................Jazz Concertino......................................................12:00 PM.................... Lobby Foyer Traditional/Emily Senchuk .........................Sonata of Native American Dances Music from the 4 Corners....................................12:00 PM.................... Lobby Foyer Luciano Berio .................................................Sequenza I.............................................................1:00 PM.........................Ballroom F Claude Debussy .............................................Les Chansons de Bilitis.........................................4:00 PM......................Ballroom AC Eldin Burton ...................................................Concerto ...............................................................8:00 PM.................. Abravanel Hall Richard Prior ..................................................Concerto ...............................................................8:00 PM.................. Abravanel Hall

Sunday, August 4 Béla Bartók/Arma .........................................Suite Paysanne Hongroise...................................9:00 AM........................ Ballroom B Dimitri Tchesnokov ......................................Tableaux Féeriques..............................................9:00 AM......................Ballroom AC Peter Senchuk ...............................................Beyond the Night Sky...........................................9:30 AM.........................Ballroom F Gustav Holst/Davis .......................................Jig from St. Paul’s Suite.........................................10:45 AM.................... Lobby Foyer Gustav Holst/Louke ......................................The Planets............................................................10:45 AM.................... Lobby Foyer Edward Elgar/Davis ......................................Enigma Variations.................................................10:45 AM.................... Lobby Foyer Frank Martin ..................................................Ballade...................................................................1:30 PM..........................Ballroom J Victor-Alphonse Duvernoy .........................Two Morceaux, No. 1............................................1:30 PM................................ 251AD Victor-Alphonse Duvernoy .........................Two Morceaux, No. 2............................................1:30 PM................................ 251AD Martin Amlin ..................................................Three Inventions ..................................................2:00 PM........................Ballroom G Vincent Persichetti ......................................Serenade No. 9 .....................................................2:30 PM........................ Ballroom B Daniel Dorff ....................................................Folk Song Suite......................................................2:30 PM........................ Ballroom B

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PERFORMERS

TO WATCH

Jasmine Choi A star returns to her roots When Jasmine Choi isn’t busy dazzling audiences, she wows her fans with her down-to-earth personality. Now, she’s turning her eye for excellence to the violin repertoire. Jasmine grew up hearing all the violin classics—her mother is a professional violinist! It’s hard not to fall in love with the sweeping romance of Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen,  and now she has made it available for flute and piano in a virtuosic transcription that sparkles with all the fire and passion of the original. Also available is The Encore Solo, an inspired new edition of the well-known Reichert solo that captures Jasmine’s sparkling performance of the same, for solo flute. Stay tuned for more, in the exciting Jasmine Choi Performance Edition series!

Denis Bouriakov Pushing boundaries

Let’s expand the limits of flute technique and artistry.

Denis Bouriakov’s resume speaks for itself: First Flute at the Metropolitan Opera for 6 years, then Principal Flute at the LA Philharmonic for 4 years and counting adds up to an impressive and glittering career. But having one of the most successful careers in the flute world is not enough—Denis is expanding the limits of flute technique and artistry. Paganini’s La Campanella demands virtuosity, style, and passion from its performer. Denis’ transcription for flute and piano, selected in 2019 as repertoire for the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition, matches the panache and dazzle of the original, making for a concert piece that thrills audiences with its pyrotechnics. Also available are his transcriptions of Saint-Saens’  Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso  for flute and piano, and J.S. Bach’s  Chaconne, for solo flute.

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ORCHESTRAL EXCERPTS

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FOR FLUTE VOLUME 2

A Message from Jeanne Baxtresser.

grasp to reach a higher degree of personal excellence — that I could achieve something special. This feeling was exactly the same when I was twelve years old, playing the opening of L’Après-midi for the first time as it was when I was playing a concert performance of that gorgeous piece with the New York Philharmonic.

There are so many things that we musicians do — practicing, seeking out great teachers, reading and researching, and learning many new disciplines, from the elevated disciplines such as yoga and meditation, to more everyday activities such as working out on a treadmill. It is all part of the quest to become the best that we can be. We musicians do this every day — even when we are not practicing our craft and our passion, we are thinking about it.

study with me or even taken a lesson, and in all those musicians who have played in front of the audition committees of the the great symphony orchestras that were my home and my family for so many years.

I have always felt that all performing musicians I have ever known shared a common trait: courage. I have seen courage in every student who has auditioned to

For me, the most thrilling part of playing flute excerpts was that as well as the challenge of playing these gems of flute music, I always hoped it was within my

Orchestral excerpts were always the perfect vehicle for me to try to “do my best.” They embody such perfect beauty and endless demands in an exquisite miniature form.

It was all about learning about myself — how to get better when it seemed I was getting worse, how to find solutions and make discoveries when I had no ideas left, and how to keep coming back to my innermost self to find a way forward, even though I felt I had failed in some way. With this book, I hope you will be able to approach these musical masterpieces with personal thoughts of your own that will help you savor the learning experience with ever more understanding, direction, and inspiration. With Love,

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TAKE ME

SOMEWHERE

SEVEN PIECES THAT WILL SEND YOU AND YOUR AUDIENCES ON A JOURNEY TO SOMEWHERE NEW

DIVINITIES AT DAWN BY ERIC EWAZEN Flute/Piano Begin your journey to the sacred temple complex of Angkor Wat in Cambodia before the sun rises. Witness the meditative stillness as the thousands of intricate carvings come to life with the sunrise. Listen as the joyous music turns as bright as the gleaming day and joyous melodies float away into the heavens! An ecstatic journey.

SEAFARERS BY GARY SCHOCKER 4 Flutes/Piano Seafarers is a rollicking, swashbuckling journey by sea, complete with fantastical mermaids, daring pirates, and derring-do! Arrr, matey! Quadruple the fun with four flutes. Sure to shiver yer timbers.

SLEEPY HOLLOW BY DANIEL DORFF 2 Bass Flutes/Piano Sleepy Hollow takes us to scenic upstate New York, where you may wonder what could be hiding in and amongst the beautiful trees of the forest at night—is it just a night owl, or something spookier? Nothing better for setting the mood for ghostly spirits to walk the earth than the otherworldly timbre of two bass flutes!

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SONATA (SPIRIT OF THE HUDSON) BY DANIEL DORFF Bass Flute/Piano Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and find a quiet spot by the Hudson River to finally unwind. Sonata (Spirit of the Hudson) fills us with the harmonious sounds of running water, burbling happily along. Experience the seasons of the Hudson as the powerful river glitters in the sun in Summer and Fall, then freezes over into quiet meditative Winter, then thaws into the thrill of the promise of new Spring and new life! The movements tell the whole story of a year on the river: I. Sprawling, burbling; II. Sparkling, glistening; III. Under Winter; and IV. Spring Spirits. A significant contribution to the bass flute repertoire!

CANCIÓN DE CUNA BY SAMUEL ZYMAN Flute/Piano Commissioned by flutist Cindy Anne Broz in memory of her mother, Canción de Cuna recalls the lullabies of Samuel Zyman’s youth in Mexico, combining the gentle beauty of motherhood and the folk traditions of his home into a poignant lullaby.

FANTASIES ON CELTIC AIRS BY JANICE BULLARD Flute/Piano Four of the most beloved Celtic folk-songs of all time take us to the beautiful lush green countryside of Ireland and Scotland. Striking and moving, redolent with rich harmonies and the occasional American dip into jazz, this music doesn’t only take us on a physical journey through rainlush countryside—it also takes us on an emotional journey that has the potential to leave not an eye dry in the hall. Move your audiences with these fresh, rich, yet simple arrangements of The Water Is Wide, The Skye Boat Song, Londonderry Air, and Down by the Sally Gardens.

A TOUCH OF BLUE ARR. PAULA ROBISON Flute/Piano Take your audiences on a journey not just to one of the hottest tourist destinations in the world, but also to another time entirely! Master flutist Paula Robison brings 1920s New York City to life in her book A Touch of Blue, a collection of Blues, Ragtime, Spirituals, and all three Gershwin preludes. Have a night out on the town in the Jazz Era and see just what Gershwin meant when he said “metropolitan madness.”

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NATURE

SOUNDS

FIVE PIECES THAT BRING THE BEAUTY OF NATURE FROM THE OUT OF DOORS INTO THE CONCERT HALL

FLEDGLING BY ANNE MCKENNON

LITTLE HELPERS BY GARY SCHOCKER

Piccolo/Flute

Flute/Piano

Fledgling is inspired by a family of Carolina Wrens who built a nest above the composer’s door. This charming and folksy duet shows us the pure and simple joys of a mother bird teaching her babies to fly and forage with the piccolo and flute chattering and soaring both separately and in tandem. A delight for musicians and bird-watchers alike, equally suitable for students and professionals.

This charming piece is an ode to some of the least appreciated creatures in nature—the insects who help gardens to thrive. Little Helpers takes us on a stroll through the garden to meet the creatures that take care of the plant-world. We’ve got earthworms, cicada wasps, all kinds of creatures in cocoons, and even a few that have stingers! (Never fear, many of them hardly ever sting!)

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FUZZETTE, THE TARANTULA BY ROBERT MUCZYNSKI Flute/Sax/Piano Fuzzette is a hairless tarantula in the Arizona desert who worries that no one will love her because she is too different. Follow her charming and heartwarming journey to self-love and acceptance in this narrated piece, written by beloved composer Robert Muczynski early in his career and never yet published until now, fifteen years after his death.

DANZA DE LA MARIPOSA BY VALERIE COLEMAN Flute Star-flutist and composer Valerie Coleman’s Danza de la Mariposa takes us on a musical tour through the butterflies of South America. We dance our way through syncopated rhythms, rich colors, and soaring melodies, which culminate in an Argentinian concert tango. In slower sections, we hear the plight of the butterfly through the slow and sorrowful sounds of Yaravi, a traditional Peruvian lament song.

WILDFLOWERS BY ERIC EWAZEN Piccolo (or Flute)/Clarinet/Piano Take in the rich colors and scents of the flowers of the American Heartland. This lively, dancefilled chamber work was composed for piccoloist Jan Gippo and clarinetist Jane Carl. It opens with the joyful energy of the purple-plumed Dense Blazingstar of the prairie, followed by a beautiful and poignant ballad for the romantic Missouri Primrose, and ends with an exhilarating and celebratory dance for the deep red Mexican Hat flower (also known as the Prairie Coneflower.)

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PIECES THAT TAKE MUSICAL STORY-TELLING TO THE NEXT LEVEL

REGRETS AND RESOLUTIONS BY GARY SCHOCKER

FEATHERS AND WAX BY AMANDA HARBERG

Flute/Piano

Feathers and Wax tells the tragic tale from Greek mythology of Daedalus the inventor and his son Icarus. Imprisoned by the cruel king Minos in the very labyrinth that Daedalus himself created, the inventor creates wings of feathers and wax in order to escape. He cautions his son not to fly too close to the sun, lest the wings melt, but Icarus doesn’t heed his father’s words, falling to his death. An inventive take on a classic, Feathers and Wax has all the jazzinfluenced freshness of Harberg’s uniquely American voice.

Regrets and Resolutions asks the question “What if I’d made different choices?” Melancholic and bubbling with infectious energy by turns, Regrets and Resolutions invites the audience to relive and revisit the major choices in our lives, and imagine how our lives might have turned out differently. An emotional stunner, Regrets and Resolutions has become a beloved classic of the flute repertoire.

Flute/Piano

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SILVER DAGGER BY STACY GARROP

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Piccolo (Flute)/Cello/Piano Based on the Appalachian folk-song of the same name, Silver Dagger sets a dusky moonlit setting for a tragic story of forbidden and doomed love. Using melodies from various versions of this dark folk-song, Silver Dagger explores the love of a young woman whose mother sleeps with a silver dagger at her side, ready to strike swiftly at whomever her daughter loves best. As is the case with many old folk-songs, there are several versions of the story, but suffice to say, the tale does not end well. In one version, the girl vows never to love again. In another, she and her lover both kill themselves with that selfsame silver dagger, a Romeo and Juliet tragedy.

GIANTESS BY CARTER PANN Flute/Piano Giantess imagines just what a fantastically gigantic flutist could do with one of our favorite (and rather petite) instruments. Imagine the terrific lung capacity! In Pann’s words, “The flute presents a far-reaching melody that seemingly never ends and explores the entire range of the instrument at all times. It is this quality [...] that inspired the title of the work... the image of a larger-than-life gigantic performer who has the ability to make the flute expand in range, timbre, and volume, breaking the bounds well beyond its humble size.”

WISH (SONATINE) BY VALERIE COLEMAN Flute/Piano Wish is a dramatic rendering of the journey historians call the Middle Passage—the selling, trading, and transporting of enslaved Africans to the New World. Inspired by the poem of the same name by Fred D’Aguiar, Wish takes us from the anguish of being wrenched from the homeland to the daily evils of the slave ships, and eventually to a renewed sense of self-preservation, the embrace and healing possibility in a multitude of cultures brought from Africa despite captivity, and an imagining, a wish, that those ships be turned back and the whips not sound, as D’Aguiar writes, “to deafen our ears for centuries.”

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MEMORIAM Robert Stallman

June 12, 1946 – March 12, 2019

Since 2013, the team at Carl Fischer Music has had the privilege of collaborating with Bob Stallman on a number of publications. The Well-Tempered Flutist was the first undertaking in 2013, an edition of 101 keyboard pieces by J. S. Bach transcribed for solo flute, followed by two volumes of The Magic Flutist, dedicated to transcriptions of keyboard works by Mozart. These were big editions, each comprising well over 100 pages, and all of the pieces had been meticulously edited and transcribed for the flute, as if they had been originally composed for this instrument. An edition of Chopin’s waltzes and nocturnes transcribed for flute and piano followed in 2017, which in turn was quickly followed by The Flutist’s Handbook (his only pedagogical publication with Carl Fischer), Dvořák’s American Suite and Mozart’s Variations on a Minuet by Jean-Pierre Duport of 2019. More editions were planned—many more—but regrettably, and perhaps appropriately, we would conclude our projects together with one of Stallman’s greatest loves: Mozart.

him always inevitably became mutual explorations of music that would benefit both parties.

“When we play About his true loves Schubert and his knowledge was vast Mozart well, we experience Mozart and passionate, and his fluwith the details of the a lightness of being, uplifted ency vast literature of the Western canon was astounding to any by the transcendent love in who witnessed it. It was as if he had just been playing any his music, whether in of these pieces, regardless of whether they were written for his moments of joy or pathos.” instrument or not, moments before speaking about them. He always left —Robert Stallman the team at Carl Fischer deeply inspired

Stallman, beyond being a prolific transcriber, was an insightful and profound one, with a deep understanding of the transcription process. The future publications that he had proposed were numer-

ous, comprising well over seventy works by composers of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. There were undoubtedly more still, packed away in drawers or suitcases, awaiting publication. The body of work he had planned would have been tremendous, a monumental undertaking. His life was one of constant, uninterrupted exploration of music and of providing a deeper understanding of performance practices of those composers that he loved, Schubert, Mozart and Dvořák, in particular. He was also known as a pedagogue who generously shared his ideas and insights, rather than lecturing. Indeed, as a teacher and elsewhere in his life, conversations with

to explore these canonical works according to his ideas. Stallman provided written commentary to each of his published editions. His writing style was invariably lucid and informative, and complemented with a unique character that reflected his passion for the music. His life and his work as a musician, teacher, and scholar can be summed up eloquently in his own words from The Magic Flutist: “To play Mozart well, to learn to feel at home in his often elusive vernacular and style, can take a lifetime of immersion in his idiom. When we play Mozart well, we experience a lightness of being, uplifted by the transcendent love in his music, whether in moments of joy or pathos.”

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MEMORIAM Katherine Hoover December 2, 1937 - September 21, 2018 Flutist and composer Katherine Hoover brought excellence to everything she did. She will be sorely missed by the musical community not only for her legacy as a critically acclaimed professional flutist and composer, but also as a teacher, training the next generations of great flutists to come. Flutist Zara Lawler said of her music that it is, “challenging and satisfying for musicians to play, and yet at the same time beautiful and meaningful for audiences to hear.” A pioneer in the field, Katherine Hoover began composing in the 1970s, when few women were having success in classical composition. Her music serves as a reminder of her life and legacy, her continued presence in the world.

“A rare composer.” —Zara Lawler Janice Bullard December 28, 1938 - July 27, 2018 Janice Maille Bullard was a gifted composer, teacher, and church musician. She was music director and organist at Village Baptist Church in Fort Edward, New York for fully 61 years and taught piano and organ lessons to countless students of all ages throughout her life. She leaves behind her a long legacy of her life in music-making, in her students and in her compositions. Her musical sensitivity and grace will be sorely missed by all those who knew her.

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Lora Al-Ahmad Bulgarian piano prodigy Lora Al-Ahmad made her way to New York City as a teenager on the recommendation of a teacher in Bulgaria who had a friend teaching at Mannes. When she was introduced to composer Lowell Liebermann, also teaching at Mannes, the stars aligned for this young composer on the rise. She’s been studying with him ever since, and with a successful Carnegie Weill Recital Hall debut as both pianist and composer under her belt, Lora Al-Ahmad is going places! Look out for her first piece with Presser, Two Skazkas for solo flute.

Richard Prior A British transplant now based in Atlanta, Georgia, Richard Prior is not only a stylish and energetic conductor known for engineering the “meteoric rise” of any and all ensembles he heads, but also a critically acclaimed composer whose orchestral commissions keep coming. Keep an eye on this glittering new star in the Presser catalog! Catch him conducting his own Flute Concerto at the 2019 NFA Convention and you might just see his superstarsparkle. Stay tuned for the flute and piano version of that Flute Concerto, coming soon!

Anne E. McKennon From concert music, to rock and roll, to Irish jigs, tin whistle and all, maverick composer Anne E. McKennon doesn’t let the boundaries of musical genre keep her from expressing her truest self. Whether it’s writing concert duets for piccolo and flute or bringing down the house on the Irish tin whistle, the Jacksonville, Florida-based composer, flutist, and teacher has plenty of brilliance to spare. Of duets, she says, “The clarity of two voices can bring both simplicity and intricate complexity. It is a fascinatingly malleable medium.” Keep a particular eye out for her first two duets with Falls House, Hard Place (Between a Rock...), for two flutes and Fledgling for piccolo and flute, to see that philosophy in motion. 

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The Etude: The Modern Flutist  

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