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Michelle Sung, Second Year Masters Flute Recital


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Performed from Sol Joseph Recital Hall

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Britton Day, piano

Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Britton Day, piano

Michael Colquhoun (b. 1953)

Aaron Copland (1900–1990)
Duo for Flute and Piano
     I. Flowing
     II. Poetic, somewhat mournful
     III. Lively, with bounce
Britton Day, piano


Elizabeth Brown (b. 1953)

Charles-Marie Widor (1844–1937)
Suite, Op. 34
     I. Moderato
     II. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
     III. Romance. Andantino
     IV. Final. Vivace
Britton Day, piano

Program Notes

Michael Colquhoun
Charanga (1993)

Salsa is a popular Hispanic American urban dance music with deep African and Cuban roots. Charanga is a style of Salsa which was popular from the 1920’s through the 1970’s. What made Charanga unique was that along with the usual percussion section (congas, bongos/cowbell, timbales, maracas/guiro and clave) there was a string section and a flute lead. When the music was cocinando or “cooking” the percussion, piano, bass and strings would play a powerfully swinging, polyrhythmic pattern over which the Charanga flutist was free to improvise complex and intricate riffs. These days, while Salsa is as popular as ever, the Charanga as a separate entity is rare. The flute, however, continues to be an important solo instru- ment in Latin Jazz. This piece is a cubist portrait of Charanga, and is dedicated to all the great Latin Charanga flutists.

Elizabeth Brown
Arcana (2004) for flute and recorded sound

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