Musings (2020)

solo flute; duration: ca. 3’15”

When I started working on Musings, I decided that I wanted to write a piece that would only make sense for solo flute. The piece begins with an opening gesture built up of three motifs, each of which is designed to play to a strength of the instrument: its agility, its melodic beauty, and a technique called “harmonics.” As these three ideas telescope into the three sections of the piece, the motifs continue to intertwine and merge with one another.

The piece was written for Elise Shope Henry as part of the LA Phil Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellowship Program, and was virtually premiered on June 29, 2020.