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American Flute Quintets
Joan Tower writes: This is my fourth piece written for Carol Wincenc, an extraordinary flutist with a deep musicality. The main theme in Tower's virtuosic Rising repeatedly ascends using different kinds of scales mostly octatonic or chromatic and occasionally arpeggios. Arthur Foote's A Night Piece and Scherzo published in 1918, proved to be among Foote's most popular chamber works, the nocturne even being orchestrated for larger string ensemble in 1922. A Night Piece explores a long arching fragment of melody with close-knit and ever-shifting harmonies. The Scherzo is quintessential Foote- an A-B-A, with a foot-stomping dance, followed by a more introspective central episode, returning to the dance. The performances were prepared and performed at Vermont's Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival.