Spirit of the Stallionis a programmatic work for solo flute in two movements commissioned by David Etienne and dedicated to Charles Littleleaf, Native American flutist and traditional flute maker.
The first movement, Warm Springs Serenade, begins with a short cadenza that should be played freely. The movement is meditative and flowing, expressing the beauty of the Warm Springs Reservation in Central, Oregon. Bordered by the Deschutes (deh-shoots) River, this high desert area has a back-drop of snow-covered mountains. In measure 18, and again at the end of the first movement, there is one measure of “wind noise” that should sound like wind blowing through the trees. Experiment with different sounds blowing into the embouchure hole both covered and partially covered, until your are satisfied with the sounds produced. These can include blowing with force, and gentler whistle tones.
The second movement, Gallop at Sunrise, features an exciting ride over the high desert, with stops along the way to admire the view. Double-tonguing, 5-tuplets, 6-tuplets, and grace notes contribute to the excitement. The short cadenza near the end of the movement should be played expressively without strict tempo.