Event Title

Five Miniatures for Flute, Bassoon, and Piano

Faculty Advisor

Roy Magnuson

Graduation Year

2020

Location

Young Main Lounge, Memorial Student Center

Start Date

4-4-2020 12:00 PM

End Date

4-4-2020 2:00 AM

Description

Five Miniatures began as a sort of compositional exercise, allowing me to free myself of the pressure of trying to compose a large-form masterpiece. The genre of the miniature is, by definition, very small, thus allowing creativity to run its natural course, without having to worry about composing themes that will survive large scale musical development while still sounding fresh. Throughout this piece, I utilize musical material taken from careful observation of my surroundings. From the tense, pensive opening piano motive in movement one, taken from the sound of a broken washing machine, to the transcription of a squeaky underground train in Slovenia providing fast and driving seven-note motive present in every measure of movement five, Five Miniatures was a way for me to let go of my expectations and appreciate the beauty in the music of everyday life.

Alexa Letourneau (Flute), Mark Mathison (Bassoon), Chris Callahan (Piano)

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Apr 4th, 12:00 PM Apr 4th, 2:00 AM

Five Miniatures for Flute, Bassoon, and Piano

Young Main Lounge, Memorial Student Center

Five Miniatures began as a sort of compositional exercise, allowing me to free myself of the pressure of trying to compose a large-form masterpiece. The genre of the miniature is, by definition, very small, thus allowing creativity to run its natural course, without having to worry about composing themes that will survive large scale musical development while still sounding fresh. Throughout this piece, I utilize musical material taken from careful observation of my surroundings. From the tense, pensive opening piano motive in movement one, taken from the sound of a broken washing machine, to the transcription of a squeaky underground train in Slovenia providing fast and driving seven-note motive present in every measure of movement five, Five Miniatures was a way for me to let go of my expectations and appreciate the beauty in the music of everyday life.

Alexa Letourneau (Flute), Mark Mathison (Bassoon), Chris Callahan (Piano)