Was Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun the awakening of Modernism?

This semester I have been taking a Music History seminar are music of the 20th century with an emphasis on war and peace. I thought for this month’s analysis we would take a look at the historical analysis, instead of a theoretical lens. Pierre Boulez described Debussy’s orchestral work “Prélude à L’Après-midi d’un Faune” asContinue reading “Was Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun the awakening of Modernism?”

Quartet for Diverse Flutes – Peter Bacchus

This semester my university’s flute choir is splitting into separate quartets: one of which is the Quartet for Diverse Flutes. Which, as the name suggests, calls for alto (flute III) and bass flute (flute IV) in addition to the C flute. On tricky/deceiving thing about this score is that flute IV is actually the 3rdContinue reading “Quartet for Diverse Flutes – Peter Bacchus”

Orchestral Excerpts: Prokofiev and Beethoven

Approach The first time I see an excerpt I have never played before the first thing I do is look into the composer and work. I look for specific details that will help inform how the excerpt should be performed, here is a very basic outline of what I research: WHEN the composer was aliveContinue reading “Orchestral Excerpts: Prokofiev and Beethoven”

Solo Flute Repertoire: Bach, Ibert, Honegger, and Hindemith

On May 13, 2020, I gave my first ‘recital’ as a Masters student. My recital was initially planned for April 1st and the repertoire was WAY different I had a lot of chamber music programmed that couldn’t happen given the COVID-19 pandemic – all the music learned in my recital was done in less thanContinue reading “Solo Flute Repertoire: Bach, Ibert, Honegger, and Hindemith”