Sylvan Suite – an original work in three movements for flute choir by John W. N. Palmer
Scored for Piccolo, 4 C Flutes, Alto Flute, Bass Flute and optional Contrabass Flute.
Sylvan Suite was composed for Palmer's wife, Anne, for her flute ensemble. Although most of John's creative work has been for the brass family, his approach for this suite found him thinking about the substance, wood, hence the piece's title. He urges the performer to invoke thoughts of a forest or to conjure up an image of a glade of trees and to think about what might be happening somewhere within that world.
1) Allegro (highly rhythmic with strong contrasting staccato and legato motives)
2) Rubato – Adagio – Moderato
3) Allegro vivace (exploding with rhythmic vitality which must be maintained, except for a deceptive momentary winding down, right through to the final note)
Further performance notes are included in the score.