A Journey of Hope and Healing
Composed by Kathleen Mayne
for Flute Choir
Published by Snowcrest Music Publishing
Includes score and parts
Solo Flute (C and G Alto Flute)
Flutes I, II, III, IV
G Alto Flute
C Contrabass Flute (Two if possible)
About the Composition:
Anyone who has suffered a major loss knows the feelings of grief, anger, frustration, and loneliness. Hopefully, over time and after working through the loss, feelings of reconciliation, acceptance, peace, and healing emerge. A Journey of Hope and Healing was commissioned by flutist Linda Howard who had her life turned updside down when she was diagnosed with Hemi Facial Spasms caused by compression of the 7th cranial nerve. The beginnings of her condition didn't give cause for concern, with only occasional mild twitching. But on one eventful day when she lost control of her facial muscles, it became very appartent that something was terribly wrong. After two brain surgeries, she has made a remarkable recovery, but it has not been without much anguish, pain, and soul searching.
Linda approached Ms. Mayne and asked her to compose a piece that musically captured the journey she had traveled. The work is set in several sections. The first begins when all is well and life is normal, only shortly into the work mordents (her twitching) are introduced into the solo flute part. The transition from the opening section to the agitato is highlighted by the solo flute jumping back and forth in octaves. Thes was an actual part of Linda's condition in which she would drop octaves when playing her flute because her facial muscles couldn't maintain the pressure needed to sustain high notes.
The With agitation section is when her world crumbles around her as she is thrust into the medical world and has to learn all there is to know about this rare condition. Getting advice – some of it conflicting – while somehow having to maintain some normalcy for family and work made life even harder. Eventually there is that moment of abject frusration and angst, and the flutter-tongued, terribly dissonant chord at bar 57 says it all. Following that moment, her loneliness and helplessness is highlighted by a mournful alto flute solo. Linda requested a duet with another flutist to honor a very dear friend of hers, Amy DeBoer, who helped her through her darkest hour, thus a C flute joins the Alto solo midway through the solo and intertwines and lifts up the alto in a call-and-response duet.
The duet segues into the final section, which honors the resilience of all who suffer loss and then bravely step through a new door that is opened to them. Life is surely different now, but one's outlook can be filled with hope that life can now be much richer and more meaningful having gone through the experience.