Big Sky, for Alto Flute (or C-Flute) and Piano

$19.00

Big Sky

by Phyllis Avidan Louke, pub. ALRY Publications
mp3  (BigSky)  mp3 (Riding the Range)  mp3  (Cry of the Eagle)  mp3 (Whitewater on the Blackfoot)     

Big Sky is a programmatic work in four movements written for alto flute and piano.  Also suitable for performance on concert flute, parts for both alto flute and concert flute are included.  Commissioned by Margaret Schuberg, flute professor at The University of Montana-Missoula, Big Sky is descriptive of the scenery, wildlife and lifestyle of Montana.
9:30
Level 3+

Description

Big Sky

by Phyllis Avidan Louke, pub. ALRY Publications
mp3  (BigSky)  mp3 (Riding the Range)  mp3  (Cry of the Eagle)  mp3 (Whitewater on the Blackfoot)     

Big Sky is a programmatic work in four movements written for alto flute and piano.  Also suitable for performance on concert flute, parts for both alto flute and concert flute are included.  Commissioned by Margaret Schuberg, flute professor at The University of Montana-Missoula, Big Sky is descriptive of the scenery, wildlife and lifestyle of Montana.

Movement 1:  Big Sky.  This movement celebrates the beauty and grandeur of Montana in a movement reminiscent of Aaron Copland with open chords and large intervals in the melody.
Movement 2:  Riding the Range.  Written in alternating 6/8 and 3/4 time signatures, this movement depicts the loping rhythm of a cowboy and his horse on a cattle drive.
Movement 3:  Cry of the Eagle.  This movement opens with harmonics, timbral trills, and pitch bends played freely to simulate the cry of an eagle.  In the poignant melody that follows, you can feel the eagle soaring freely in the sky.
Movement 4:  Whitewater on the Blackfoot.  This movement details the excitement of river rafting on the Blackfoot River.  Calm and gently flowing waters lead to a wild ride on the whitewater.
9:30
Level 3+

Additional information

Weight 6 oz
Dimensions 9 x 12 x .25 in

1 review for Big Sky, for Alto Flute (or C-Flute) and Piano

  1. phyllisadmin

    Big Sky, for Alto Flute (or C Flute) and Piano
    by Phyllis Avidan Louke, ALRY Publications

    “…this four-movement programmatic work is reminiscent of Montana’s natural beauty. The first movement, “Big Sky,” uses open chords and many perfect and wide intervals in the solo to express the vast landscape of the state, while “Riding the Range” captures the rhythms of a cattle drive with its alternation between 6/8 and 3/4 time. “Cry of the Eagle” opens with harmonics, timbral trills, and pitch bends for flute alone to emulate the eagle’s cry and is followed by a tender and soaring melody. The final movement uses rapid figures in both voices to suggest the sounds of both gently flower water and agitated cascades.”

    -Diane Boyd Schultz
    Flute Talk, July/August 2010

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