As Eagles Flew
by Phyllis Avidan Louke, pub. ALRY Publications
video (recording by Uptown Flutes 3/11)
As Eagles Flew is a programmatic piece written in memory of my friend, Bob Clew who passed away in the Fall of 2004. This piece seeks to capture Bob’s life as an aerospace engineer, his kind and gentle side (and his impish side), as well as his Irish heritage. Bob loved a good joke and to share limericks with his fellow travelers in the International Flute Orchestra. His smiling face and good humor will be greatly missed.
As Eagles Flew begins with a soaring andante theme in D major that culminates with a rocket launch, followed by a slow Irish theme in D minor. The center section is a march in 6/8 time alternated with the Irish theme played in a jaunty style by the piccolo. Brief fragments of the opening theme appear in the fast section until the peaceful reprise of the andante theme at the end.
As Eagles Flew is scored for piccolo, 3 flutes, alto flute, bass flute and optional contrabass flute or string bass.