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|Work Title||2 Pieces for Flute Quartet|
|Alternative. Title||for 4 Flutes|
|Composer||Sydeman, William Jay|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IWS 64|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1991|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||5 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
There probably is another piece for four flutes, but I never saw or heard one – there was no model for this piece. I always enjoy writing for combinations not heretofore attempted. In this case we hear not two but four, as it were.
It is in two movements, slow and fast as one might expect. The first one is quite pretty, somewhat unusual for me. The parts are pretty evenly distributed, and it is not difficult. The second movement puts the flutes through their paces and is quite brilliant sounding – lots of fast staccato notes and some tricky rhythms, all in the service of having a really good time (the performers, that is, and hopefully the audience as well).
– W. Jay Sydeman