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'Alive in the Studio' - music for flute & accompaniment by Paul Lustig Dunkel, Tony Moreno, Tamar Muskal, Shostakovich / Paul Lustig Dunkel, flute; Peter Basquin, piano et al.

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40
>Dunkel, Paul Lustig : Quatre Visions, for 4 flutes
>Moreno, Tony [Drums] : Episodes, for flute & percussion
>Muskal, Tamar : Sof, for flute & piano
>Muskal, Tamar : Mechanofin, for flute & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Having transcribed Debussy's Sonata for Cello and Piano, I re-cast my net and felt Shostakovich's Cello Sonata might be successfully performed on flute. Shostakovich must have loved the flute - witness his magnificent symphonic flute solos - but he was another significant twentieth century composer who left us flutists without a major recital piece. The chasm between blown and bowed is vast, but I hope the listener feels the compromises made in this transcription are pleasurable. One may detect "Prokofiev-isms", but they are a result of the arranger's pen. This is especially true for the second and fourth movements where techniques idiomatic to the flute - trills, flutters and rapid tonguing - have been exploited.

I have spent several blissful summers at William Kincaid's flute camp in Maine. I vividly recall the sound of a dozen flutists (all excellent) drilling orchestral excerpts... Andersens, Taffanels and Moyses. The four movements of Quatre Visions are as much an aural memory of those summers as they are a tribute to the great names of our instrument's heritage. Usually such a work arrives with the caveat "Apologies to... " but I have no contrition. Musicians are always on the hunt for chuckles and I hope my quartet provides a few.

I commissioned Tony Moreno's Episodes for Flute and Percussion in 2011 and it received its first performance in 2014 at the New York Flute Club. Tony writes: "The first movement, Arayb (Arabic for "nearness"), is based rhythmically, harmonically and melodically on the Fibonacci Sequence. In addition, there are pitch/class sets, hexatonic harmony, rhythmic displacements and note groupings. It is dedicated to my wife, Susan. The second movement is a cadenza for drums alone and leads directly into the finale, Siete (Spanish for "seven") a study in the meter combinations of seven. It begins with the long/short subdivision of the dotted half-note level, progressing eighth-note, sixteenth-note and thirtysecond- note levels. A call and response section leads to a drum cadenza. The melody returns in the last section, incorporating polyrhythms based on sevens - 6:7:7, 8:7 and 9:7 - and ends with a traditional North Indian Tihai".

Tamar Muskal came to me for some conducting tips prior to leading one of her works at Yale. Our sessions were a wonderful introduction to her music I have frequently performed. Tamar writes: Mechanofin combines two words: Mechanical and fin ("end".) The piece opens with a repeated theme in which the performers are instructed to play mechanically. For the next fifteen minutes, the music travels through diverse materials and moods, ending with the initial motive. While some parts of the piece are based on harmony, its rhythms are the significant aspect of the piece. Sof ("end" in Hebrew) is an arrangement of the conclusion of the last song from, Tzafuf Bazug, a song cycle based on David Grossman's text. Sof is about tragedy that turns into beauty and hope.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Westchester Studios, New York (01/2015/03/2015).



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40
  • Performers: Peter Basquin (Piano); Paul Dunkel (Flute)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1934.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Dunkel, Paul Lustig : Quatre Visions, for 4 flutes
  • Performers: Laura Conwesser (Piccolo); Paul Dunkel (Flute); Rie Schmidt (Flute); Tanya Witek (Flute); Tanya Witek (Piccolo)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2014

>Moreno, Tony [Drums] : Episodes, for flute & percussion
  • Performers: Paul Dunkel (Flute); Tony Moreno (Drums)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Muskal, Tamar : Sof, for flute & piano
  • Performer: Paul Dunkel (Flute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Muskal, Tamar : Mechanofin, for flute & piano
  • Performer: Paul Dunkel (Flute)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary