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whitebark

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Divertimento Part II for solo flute and strings
« on: October 11, 2020, 03:18:39 PM »
I am pleased to introduce more or less completed version of the second and final part of the Divertimento.  Way back when, I actually wrote a third slow movement for this piece, but its slow, sad, minor key flavor did not fit in with what one would expect for a Divertimento.  It is amazing how little I had to tinker with structure and harmonies of the  1991 score.  Most of the work I had to do was "counterpoint repair", using the principles of species counterpoint to fix the old "note salad" counterpoint. I also did a lot of reorchestration - moving parts up and down to reinforce melodies and such.

For more flute fun, I added a short cadenza at the end of the piece.

Latest update: added longer cadenza in the version 6-7 score, along with some other minor improvements

The score (Musecore 3.5):

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ry1s5zppqcxacw0/divertimento%20part%20ii%20v6-7.pdf?dl=0

Recording (Sibelius + NotePerformer 3):

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ef1vg5km9xvrnut/divertimento%20part%20ii%20v6-7.mp3?dl=0



The complete piece (14 minutes long):


https://www.dropbox.com/s/77cyfoucawv5rxq/Divertimento%20Completet%20V6-7.mp3?dl=0


The score is attached below if you are having Dropbox problems.

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Jerry Engelbach

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Re: Divertimento Part II for solo flute and strings
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2020, 10:59:33 AM »
Jay,
 
What a fantastic, romping theme. It feels a little Gershwinesque.
 
Your mastery of harmony is everywhere evident as well.
 
The flute comes through well after the introduction. I wouldn't have minded an even longer cadenza.
 
Now I have to go listen to your updated first movement.
 
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Re: Divertimento Part II for solo flute and strings
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2020, 12:39:39 PM »
Hi Jerry, Glad you liked the final movement of  the Divertimento.  I'm happy the way it turned out, too. - that old 1991 piece had a lot of potential.  I'm not sure I've mastered harmony, but I love experimenting with it, and enjoy the emotional effects that can occur with right chords and harmonic shifts.

The finished first movement is not radically different, but I did a lot of corrections to the score - fixing the notation of syncopated rhythms, flute articulations, and such.

I'll think about extending the cadenza.  This is not a long piece, and it is not a flute concerto. so I think the cadenza should be fairly short.

Jay
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Patrick O'Keefe

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Re: Divertimento Part II for solo flute and strings
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2020, 02:10:56 PM »
Jerry's description as "romping" certain fits - lots of energy.

Jerry Engelbach

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Re: Divertimento Part II for solo flute and strings
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2020, 02:48:40 PM »
This is not a long piece, and it is not a flute concerto. so I think the cadenza should be fairly short.

Jay
Jay,
 
Well, the flute has enough independent lines to fool me into thinking that it's at least a semi-concerto, along the lines of Bach's Brandenburgs.
 
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Re: Divertimento Part II for solo flute and strings
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2020, 11:19:13 AM »
Hi Jer,
After much consideration, I decided to lengthen the cadenza...and I think it works better. 

J
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Re: Divertimento Part II for solo flute and strings
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2020, 01:46:15 AM »
Jay, that was like a contrapuntal feast. Loved the cadenza!

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Re: Divertimento Part II for solo flute and strings
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2020, 10:21:10 AM »
Hi Reha,
Thanks for the kind comment!

Jay