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Sonata for Flute and Piano (Flute and Piano)


Composer: Lias, Stephen

Sonata for Flute and Piano (Flute and Piano) by Stephen Lias, Published by Alias Press.

Score and Part(s). An ambitious and engaging three-movement work for flute and piano written in 2003. Commissioned by the Texas Music Teachers Association. The movement titles came after the notes were finished, so the work is not programmatic nor representative as such, but the names do serve to express the moods and ideas I was attempting to convey. "Wide Blue Run" (a wide intermediate slope in skiing parlance) focuses on form, speed, exhilaration, beauty and grandeur. "Memory Dance" is a much more introspective and moody journey. The melodic figures seemed dance-like to me, but without the immediacy of the present. As I composed, the idea of remembering dances from the past solidified into a unifying device. "Kludge March" is best described by the definition of the word kludge: "a system, ... that is constituted of poorly matched elements or of elements originally intended for other applications. A clumsy or inelegant solution to a problem." The form of this movement is roughly that of a rag or march, while the content is somewhat . . . well, . . . you'll see.