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.
…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.