Sonata for Flute and Piano
Composed by Lita Grier
Published by LDG Music Publishing
Written in 1956 and dedicated to Julius Baker. Movements: Con Spirito, Lento, and Presto.
Named a Chicagoan of the Year in 2005 by the Chicago Tribune, native New Yorker and now longtime Chicagoan, Lita Grier won early recognition as a composer. She was awarded First Prize in the New York Philharmonic Young Composer’s Contest. Her winning composition, Three Episodes for Piano, was published by Carl Fischer in 1953 and presented in Carnegie Hall at a Young People’s Concert in March of 1954. The work is still in performance today in its original version, 3X2, along with virtually all of her other early music, including her Sonata for Flute and Piano, composed at age nineteen. The late flute virtuoso Julius Baker described this work as “…a new classic in the standard flute repertory.”