Elegy for Flutes, Op. 93
Composed and Published by William Frabizio
Includes score and parts
Instrumentation (Originally intended for 16 players, 2 per part):
Elegy for Flutes was written for Professor Emily Swartly Newbold and the West Chester University Flute Ensemble, as a vehicle of performances, clinics, works, and demonstrations. It is scored for 6 Flutes in C, Alto Flute in G, and Bass flute in C. The eight-part texture lends itself well to multiple players on parts and was originally intended for sixteen players.
The Principal Theme of Opus 93 is based on a recurring, descending motive in Flute 1, Molto espressivo Molto (quarter note = 88-90), against a background of chromatic, extended chord progressions with elusive and deceptive cadences. The central tonality of Eb Major is not confirmed until the closing measures of the intial theme.
A brief transition leads to a Second Theme; Animato (half note = 132) is an energetic contrasting section, presented in Alto and Bass Flutes, where the main melody is supported by punctuating, quartel harmonies in contrast to the tertial chords of the opening. The composition ends with a short coda that recalls the opening materials.
Elegy for Flutes is dedicated to the memory of Gregory Herbert, an exceptional woodwind player and outstanding human being, whose untimely death while on tour in Europe is a source of sadness to all of us who knew and admired him.