Oh, the Places We’ll See! is dedicated to The Metropolitan Flute Festival Orchestra of the New England Conservatory (Boston) and The Florida Flute Orchestra, Paige Long, Director; and Flutes Ad Libitum (Dijon, France), Martine Charlot, Director. These groups together performed the World Premiere at the National Flute Association Convention in New York City in August 2009. This piece commemorates concert tours of the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra to France and Ireland, as well as pays homage to its roots in Boston. This three movement work contains both public domain and original melodies.
Movement 1, Vive la France!, is a medley of folk and public domain melodies, including Au Clair de la Lune (In the Moonlight), Sur le Pont d’Avignon (On the Avignon Bridge), Fascination by Marchetti (the ultimate in French café songs), and the Can Can from Orpheus in the Underworld by Offenbach. This movement is a tribute to France, one of my favorite travel destinations. In 1997, I stood on the bridge in Avignon, fondly remembering my first public performance as a beginning flute student, playing a simple duet arrangement of Sur le Pont d’Avignon at our school’s Parent Night. I’ve loved the song ever since. In 2002 and 2005, I performed in several venues in Provence and Dijon with flute orchestras conducted by Paige Long. In Dijon, we spent several days at the Conservatoire and were hosted by Martine Charlot and members of Ad Libitum. (5:30)
Movement 2, The Emerald Isle, is a medley of folk and original melodies including Dance of the Leprecauns and Connemara Jig by Phyllis Avidan Louke; and Boatman of Kinsale and The Humours of Bantry by F. O’Neill. These tunes celebrate the places where The Metropolitan Flute Festival Orchestra performed in Ireland: Bantry, Connemara and Kinsale. I performed with the group on their concert tour in 2008 and thoroughly enjoyed the quaint towns of Bantry and Kinsale (both in County Cork) and the beauty of the countryside and Kylemore Abbey in Connemara (in County Galway). (5:00)
Movement 3, A Dandy Yankee Doodle, is a theme and variation on Yankee Doodle paying homage to the home of The Metropolitan Flute Festival Orchestra at the New England Conservatory in Boston. The piccolo figures prominently in the “fife and drum” opening and the “Stars & Stripes Forever” ending. (3:00)
This piece is scored for piccolo, 3 flutes, alto flute (alternate c-flute part is included), bass flute, and optional contra.