A New Beginning
by Phyllis Avidan Louke, pub. ALRY Publications
mp3 (recording by Rose City Flute Choir 5/08)
Honorable Mention in the 2010 NFA Newly Published Music Competition
A New Beginning was commissioned by The Hampton Roads Flute Choir to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, Virginia. This programmatic piece is written in one movement and is comprised of several continuous sections descriptive of aspects of the history of Jamestown.
- Arrival in a new land celebrates the exhilaration and wonder the settlers must have felt at finally arriving in the New World in 1607.
- Building a community conveys industriousness as the settlers build the first permanent English settlement in the New World and settle into day to day life.
- Pocahantas helps the settlers describes the saving of John Smith and a new spirit of cooperation between the Indians and the settlers beginning in 1608.
- A new season of hope: Although Jamestown would suffer many setbacks before its eventual success was assured, cordial relations with the Indians gave the settlers hope.
A New Beginning is scored for piccolo, 3 flutes, alto flute, bass flute, and optional contrabass flute. Optional part now available for FREE download: Flute 4 (alt. c-part for alto)