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Wings on the wind : flute with piano

by May Howlett (2007)

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Performance by Emma Knott, David Miller from the CD Flute odyssey

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Wings on the wind : three pieces for flute and piano / May Howlett.

Library shelf no. 788.32/HOW 2 [Not for loan]

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Work Overview

This little suite is inspired by the winds, movements of air in different climates and at different times of the year.
1. THERMALS: After watching hand-held kites dip and rise in graceful curves, soaring on thermals at a Kite Festival, I sought to express the dynamics of those motions in music.
2. MISTRAL: The cold wind in the North of France can be capricious, even playful.
3. SIROCCO: The warm, sultry wind over southern Europe emanates from North Africa, redolent of the scent of spices from caravans moving slowly across the desert.

— May Howlett

Work Details

Year: 2007

Instrumentation: Flute, piano.

Duration: 11 min.

Contents note: Thermals -- Mistral -- Ah! Sirocco.

The flute is an instrument that lends itself to many moods. These short pieces aim to capture several of these, from light and bouncy to sustained and seductive.

Performances of this work

27 Oct 2016: at Rapsodia (Cork School of Music). Featuring Alessandra Garosi, Katrina Emtage.

3 Sep 2014: at Celebrating May in Spring (Chevalier College Performing Arts Centre). Featuring Lisa Kawai, Emma Knott, Catherine Barnett.

1 Apr 13: 'May Howlett Portrait Concert', Faculty of Education Seminar Hall, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia. Featuring Andrew Blackburn, Ross Carey, Jean Penny.

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