A Taste of the Beautiful Sea in 'OCEANA' 

Australian composer Carolyn Morris, has arranged her recent orchestral work 'Oceana' for the Monash Flute Ensemble, and the work will appear on the ensembles new CD recording, 'Sound Consorts,' in early February. The piece was originally commissioned by the Bayside Chamber Orchestra in 2014 and then arranged for large voiced flute ensemble in 2016. The instrumentation of course reflects my passion for the low voiced flutes: Piccolo, Flutes I/II/III, Altos I/II/III, Bass I/II and Contrabass flute. The work…

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Dorff Writes New Work For Bass Flute 

I have commissioned a new work from the versatile and creative composer, Daniel Dorff of Theodore Presser for the 2018 NFA Flute Convention in Florida. The piece will be for bass flute and piano, and is sure to enrich our growing low flutes repertoire and challenge the capabilities of this instruments. We are so excited that a composer with such outstanding qualities is willing to consider the lower voices of the flute family as center-stage soloist. The form of the work has not been decided upon, though…

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'Underwater Flowers': A vibrant view of unique water creatures 

Gary Schocker has composed over 125 works that feature the full flute family, from piccolo and bass flute sonatas to finely crafted and balanced works for flute ensemble with featured lines for contrabass flute. Mr. Schocker understands the colours and strong qualities of all the flutes. I once asked him to write a large work for contrabass flute, and after a period of time he declined because he could not locate and play on a contrabass flute. Some composers work from the piano, some from the computer…

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Concerto for Two Flutes ( C and Alto flutes) 

An exciting work by award-winning composer Houston Dunleavy is planned for October 2014. The 'Crimson Carousel' concerto will be composed for C flute and Alto flute with a vibrant and exotic interactive accompaniment for Wind Ensemble. The piece will feature the combined forces of husband and wife team Peter Sheridan and Lisa Maree Amos. The flute community is thrilled by this outstanding opportunity of adding a full-length work to their growing repertoire. The piece is planned for a performance with the…

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Albisiphone Sonata 

Published composer and fine flutist, Jonathan Cohen has agreed to compose a work for Sheridan's lastest member of his growing low flutes collection the albisiphone. This unique instrument was designed by Abelardo Albisi (1872-1938) around the turn of the 19th century is the modern day predecessor of the contrabass flute. (Read more Background)

No specifics of the composition by Cohen have been confirmed as of yet. Sheridan has asked for a 2-3 movement sonata that will feature the instruments lyrical…

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Subtriplication (Trio for Low Flutes) 

'Subtriplication' by Canadian composer Peter Senchuk was premiered last week by Peter Sheridan and a duo of his talented students from Monash University. The concert was titled 'Sonic Landscapes' and featured other new music for various combinations of low flutes. The music is jazz based, with cool riffs floating over a hypnotic ostinato bass line. The piece is cleverly scored for alto, bass and contrabass flutes. Some of the rhythmic passages (or rather de-construction of the rhythmic patterns) can be a…

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Why Should I Buy An Alto/ Bass Flute? 

I am quite often asked by younger and more mature players, why should they purchase an alto or bass flute. Most flutists will not be soloist (that is a fact, not a put-down...). With that said, why NOT increase your opportunities and chances (if you are a University student) to participate in as many ensembles as you can. I mean,I was asked to do gigs, because folks knew I had a piccolo and could play it well when I was younger.

 

An Alto or Bass flute these days can be purchased for under three thousand…

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Brahms Trilogy/ op. 118 

Written by arranger Ann Cameron Pearce:


"Upon the invitation of Peter Sheridan (flutist extraordinaire in Melbourne, Australia) to arrange flute choir works from Brahms' op. 118 piano compositions, I embarked on yet another musical adventure.  I selected the three movements of the six that I thought would adapt the best to flute choir instrumentation. With Peter's encouragement to include more members of the lower flute family, I ultimately transcribed all the parts for lower flutes.  So here…

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Monash University Flute Ensemble Receives Travel Grant 

The Monash University Flute Ensemble has been awarded a travel grant from the 'Creative Young Stars" program, sponsored by the Australian Government. This exciting program supports and celebrates creative, cultural, academic and community achievements throughout Australia. The grant application was prepared and submitted by Monash flute/ arts student Kate Aldred. This most important funding will allow several students to travel to Canberra in October 2013, to perform and study at the International…

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Peter Senchuk: A Man with Vision 

Los Angeles based composer, Peter Senchuk is clearly redefining what is possible with the sounds of multiple flutes. With over sixty compositions for flute ensemble, this composer is reshaping the the manner in which we hear the flute choir. Several new works this year alone are having their premiere at the 2103 NFA Convention in Las Vegas. From young community based groups to professional ensembles such as, Texas Women's University Flute Choir and the Professional Flute Ensemble of Pittsburgh, all are…

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