by Phyllis Avidan Louke, pub. ALRY Publications
mp3 (Recording by Professional Flute Choir 8/15)
Canyon Dreams was commissioned by the Arizona Flute Society in 2012 and premiered by the Alla Breve Flute Choir on November 4, 2012 in Phoenix. The inspiration for this piece came from a river rafting trip on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. For six days, we traveled down the Colorado River, reveling in the spectacular scenery and peacefulness in the calm sections of the river, and held on for dear life during the roller coaster-like rapids. For five nights, we camped on the river’s beaches, sleeping in cots with the canyon walls as our headboard and the Colorado River at our feet.
Written in two sections, the piece opens with a dreamy melody harmonized with open fifths, followed by a serene melody that begins with a duet between flute 1 and bass flute. The second section is quite energetic in 7/8 time with 3/4 time interspersed.
Canyon Dreams is scored for piccolo, 3 flutes, alto (alternate c-part included), bass, and opt. contrabass flute.