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Elizabeth Brown's Travelogue, devised to
include writing for the entire range of instruments from piccolo to bass,
is an appealing and rather romantic journey across Alabama in the 1950s
when she was a child, and was specially written for Flute Force
eight years ago. The occasional use of microtonal effects and bending
sounds add attractively to a piece constantly interesting
[listen -- track 9, 0:00-0:55].
The three short pieces by Gary Schocker under the title Nymphs are
written for the C flutes only, very imaginatively atmospheric whilst being
traditionally characteristic of the instruments
[listen -- track 12, 0:00-0:58].
For Land of the Farther Suns (which could easily have been the CD's title)
the quartet is joined by its composer David Alpher, piano, and Garrison
Keillor as narrator of ten short poems from Stephen Crane's many, for
music that is not quite incidental, but intriguingly supportive of the
poet's imagery [listen -- track 8, 0:04-1:06].
Alpher at fifty-five has a
long association with jazz, folk and theatre music and was the founder
of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival.
Copyright © 16 July 2003
Patric Standford, Wakefield, UK