Blessings & Celebration
by Phyllis Avidan Louke, pub. ALRY Publications
mp3 (Blessings) mp3 (Celebration) (recording by Phyllis Louke at NFA Convention 8/07)
Finalist in the 2008 NFA Newly Published Music Competition
Blessings & Celebration is a programmatic work in two movements written for bass flute and piano, but is suitable for performance on alto flute (separate part is included) or concert flute. The first movement, Blessings, is expressive, beautiful and heart-felt, like a blessing or a prayer. The short cadenza should be played freely, with emotion. The second movement, Celebration, is a joyful syncopated dance tune celebrating a happy occasion such as a wedding. Several sections are marked with an option to take them up an octave, if desired.
Alto flute and concert pitch parts are included.