Four Winds for Flute and Orchestra (Piano Reduction)
Written by Katherine Hoover
“Papagena Press presents the piano reduction of Hoover’s new Four Winds for flute and orchestra. Premiered by Mark Sparks at the 2015 National Flute Association convention in Washington, D.C., Four Winds considers breath as integral to flute performance through the depiction of winds at different times of the year. For advanced performers.
Breath is the soul of the flute; air is one of the essential elements; and the winds – the movements of air – have long been associated with directions and seasons. The Eastern breeze (I) brings the freshness and playfulness of springs, and the Southern zephyr (II) cools us in the heat of summer. Gusts from the West (III) blow the colorful leaves from the trees, mingling beauty and melancholy, while the gales of t he North (IV) bring storms and bright snow, as we celebrate holidays and welcome a new year.” – Katherine Hoover