Florestan's Falcon (A Fantasy after Schumann) by Dan Welcher
For Flute and Piano
Schumann spoke of his own duality, of the clash between intellect and emotion, by claiming two distinct musical personalities. Florestan was the Romantic (with feeling being paramount), and Eusebius the cool Classicist, ruled entirely by the intellect.
This work is based on a short piano work from Waldszenen (Forest Scenes), containing a mystical and haunting little piece called “Vogel als Prophet,” which is usually translated as “the Prophet Bird.”
Commissioned by the National Flute Association for its 2002 Young Artist Competition