Chutzpah! By Howard J. Buss
For Piccolo and Piano
This piece was composed during the late Summer of 2007 and is dedicated to flutist/piccoloist John Bailey. As the title suggests, this energetic work is flamboyant and at times audacious. Chutzpah! is a rousing “tour de force”, the music is characterized by exciting contrasts, zesty rhythms, and passages featuring elaborate and dashing technical prowess. This makes a great concert feature, contest piece, and is an excellent choice for an audition showpiece. Chutzpah! received its premier performance by John Bailey, piccolo, and pianist Robert Fountain on January 23, 2008 in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. Finalist in the 2010 Newly-Published Competition of the National Flute Association.