Down from River City
Composed by Melvin Lauf, Jr.
Published by FLUTE.NET Publications
Approximate performance time : 7 minutes
Includes score and parts
4 C Flutes
'Down from River City' was written for the Penelope Fischer Distinguished Service Award Tribute Concert at the 2015 National Flute Association Convention. When Dr. Fischer contacted me about writing something for the concert, she told me that she had a love of Meredith Wilson's music and a special connection with him.
I went to work on creating a quick Broadway-like story: boy finds girl…boy loses girl…boy gets girl back. 'The Sighting', 'Moment of Infatuation', 'The Pursuit', 'Picnics and Carousels', and 'I Love You'. The bulk of the work is a humble little waltz that also conveys the humbleness of Dr. Fischer. The chromatic lines are moments of conflict and strife, however the lovers are destined to be together. During 'Picnic and Carousels' the ensemble is finally at full strength and depth, leading to their happy ending.