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Pan Penseroso composed by Martin Bresnick Written for Flute and PianoIncludes score and partsDuration. 24 minutes
Pan Penseroso and the titles of its three movements are taken from John Milton's great poem Il Penseroso (The Contemplative Man). The music aligns itself with this response to the poet's earlier L'Allegro (the Cheerful Man). In my concerto the flutist Pan, like the mature Milton, casts a reflective musical eye on the world, renouncing all "vain deluding joyes," so as to better hear the "Sweet Bird that shunn'st the noise of folly..." Written for the master flutist Robert Dick, Pan Penseroso includes a number of procedures explored in his pioneering book The Other Flute: A Performance Manual of Contemporary Techniques. -Program Notes by Martin BresnickContents:Movements: 1. The Noise of Folly2. Prophetic Stain3. More is Meant (than meets the ear)