Telemann – 12 Fantasias (includes 12 un-edited performances and lectures, covers Telemann biography, style, ornamentation. Questions and answers with Traverso flutist Catherine Bull)
A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Ms. Porter is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York. Her teachers at Juilliard were Samuel Baron and Jeanne Baxtresser, and in Austria her teachers were Alain Marion and Peter-Lukas Graf. After Juilliard, she held the position of Associate Principal Flute in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for eight years before becoming Professor of Flute at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in Ann Arbor. She is the founder and Past President of the non-profit Southeast Michigan Flute Association. She is founder of the popular workshop, “Amy Porter’s Anatomy of Sound” held annually in Ann Arbor with Professor of Theatre (Movement) Jerald Schwiebert and internationally renowned guests. She also is the master teacher for the MPULSE Summer Institute for advanced High School students at U of M.
“The 12 Fantasias for Flute without Bass by Georg Philipp Telemann provides a brilliant window into the style of composition used in the music of the early 18th century. These short pieces were intended for flutists of all performing levels to enjoy making music on their instrument. Now, in this, the 21st century, oboists, bassoonists, double bass players, saxophonists, trombonists and tubists all have been performing these Fantasias and calling them their own. Whether you prefer this music played on wooden flutes or metal flutes matters not. We all must realize that the ultimate goal of playing this early music is the same: to educate, be inspired and be open to learning more and more about this music as time passes. Because the Fantasias for flute are played on more instruments than just the flute serves as my inspiration. They have stood the test of time and will always serve as fuel for our imagination.” — Amy Porter