Dark Lake (Bass Flute and Piano)
Dark Lake (Bass Flute and Piano) by Paul Mack Somers, Published by Theodore Presser, Includes flute part and piano score, Duration: 5:00.
Dark Lake, the second movement of Somers' Flute Sonata is available in its original scoring for bass flute and piano. The composition of this tone poem was inspired in part by a passage from Ralph Waldo Emerson.
…the pent and darkened lake,
Cooled by the pendent mountain's shade,
Whose deeps, till beams of noonday break,
Afflicted moan, and latest hold
Even into May the iceberg cold…
— from May-Day
A 70th birthday present for his wife, Somers' Flute Sonata is a three-movement work in A-B-A fashion. The second movement, originally scored for bass flute, was recast for C flute to retain cohesion of the Sonata as a whole. (The middle movement has also been extracted as a solo for bass flute and piano, Dark Lake - 494-03140.) The finale ("allegro energetico") is a dynamic and punchy romp to a satisfying conclusion.