Like a Singing Bird







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Like a Singing Bird (Het wielewaalt en leeuwerkt)
Composed by Lodewijk Mortelmans
For Flute Choir
Arranged by Matt Johnston
Published by Alry Publications
Includes score and parts

4 C Flutes
2 Alto Flutes
Bass Flute
Contrabass Flute (or Contralto Flute in G)

Program Notes by Matt Johnston:
      In 2014, ALRY Publications entered into a partnership with Metropolis Music Publishers, based outside Antwerp, Belgium. As our two companies got to know each other, I had the opportunity to spend a few weeks in Belgium, setting up the initial logistics of our partnership. During my time there, I began to familiarize myself with the Metropolis catalog, and one particular piano composition that caught my attention was “Het wielewaalt en leeuwerkt.” Though originally translated from Flemish by the composer and publisher as “Like a Singing Bird,” the more literal translation of the title would be “The Oriole and the Lark.”
      Lodewijk Mortelmans (1868-1952), sometimes called “the Flemish Brahms” studied at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp. Later in life he became the professor of counterpoint and fugue at the Conservatory, and subsequently the director of the school. His Romantic style carried well into the Impressionistic period, and I can't help but think of Debussy when I listen ot this piece. Apparently, “Like a Singing Bird” is familiar to nearly every piano student in all of Flanders, but is relatively unknown to the rest of the world. I felt it would be a lovely piece to arrange for flute ensemble, and despite the challenges of adapting such an impressionistic work, the result is beautiful, flowing and suits the instrumentation well.

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