L'Histoire du Chat
Composed by Timothy Hagen
For Flute, Cello, and Narrator
Published by Owl Glass Music
Includes score and parts
About the Piece:
I have long been jealous that, unless I were to narrate it, there is not place for me in Igor Stravinsky's masterful work, L'histoire de Soldat. It is full of wit and energy (and would definitely benefit from a flute part in my most humble opinion).
My admiration for this particular work, combined with my lifelong love of fairy tales, gave birth to this piece. The opportunity to write it came from one of my dearest friends and colleagues, Greg Milliren, who is currently Associate Principal Flute of the Minnesota Orchestra and was my classmate in Jim Walker's studio at the University of Southern California from 2005-2006.
In all the years that I have known him, Greg has consistently been a first-rate flutist and an inspiration to me. When he asked me to write something for his second master's recital at USC in the fall of 2006, he was immediately game for this fairy tale piece, based on the age-old “Puss in Boots” story. Due to his technical and musical gifts, I purposely wrote something that would be a challenge. Thankfully, he found the piece rewarding, and I hope you do as well.