I'm a flute player for almost 6 years and I'm tired of old classical scores (like J.S Bach,Mozart,Vivaldi,etc.) and also I want to perform deep music, not styles like rock.
I really enjoyed Debussy, Rachmaninoff(vocalise), Chopin's nocturnes, or Khachaturian's works, and I'm seeking for some more passionate stylish modern repertoires to perform and appreciate your help and ideas!
In addition, I'll be glad if you share your audience's feedback after you performed! Did that worked on them? made them feel better? 'Cause many of the scores which are hard or tricky,hardly qualify for more than "boring" or "confusing" level for the audience and I don't want this to happen! No one wants! Don't you think so?
for my Sophmore recital, I am playing Canzone by Samuel Barber and it is absolutely beautiful. I am also playing the Nielsen concerto which is so much fun. But it is a little interesting ummmm. I like alot of the music in a book called "Valentines" edited by carol Wincenc. Some of the music is GORGEOUS
I'm going to second the sentiments of Patrick. There are tons of great pieces out there that a flutist can explore. It is HOW we play whatever we are playing that is the utmost important part of performing.
Take this video as an example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YYyXwKWgNk
The way that Sir James Galway tells his story in this simple music makes all the difference. He performed each note elegantly and he engages the audience. Now, imagine yourself in his shoes in that he's been telling the same story over and over again and again for many decades. Some tellers could get bored, others are always honing their delivery.
Respectfully, if you are finding that the audience is getting bored with your music then it may not be the composer's shortcomings that need development.
@bilbo: yeah! I'm agree with you. absolutely, there is a huge gap between each of us with great musicians, but the point I'm talking about is that all of us can judge about pieces,too. assume you're going to listen MIDI file of each score. Which one would you prefer?
@patrick: when I said confusing, I mean a piece which an untrained ear can't be able to recognize the theme or rythm easily, which will repel many of audience. for instance, when my mother listened to Debussy's "afternoon of a faun" performed by "Sir James Galway" (which is a pretty tricky rhythm) said "Is he warming up or something...?" It happened due to the complexity of the theme. I think many of modern "heavy" pieces are just like that
And finally I want to add some scores to list! I strongly recommend Taffanel's "Andante pastoral et scherzettino"! It's MAGICAL!
assume you're going to listen MIDI file of each score. Which one would you prefer?
Some music does not transfer very well over to MIDI at all. French Impressionism for example. So some of the faster mvts. of the Baroque are better as MIDI if they are detailed MIDI. If not then they are what I'd call Piano Roll music (this is a concept not reflective of all [Piano roll equipment) which means devoid of all of the human variances which really make music come alive. As an example, how one plays the meter is important. So, listening to the MIDI only is no way to experience a quality interpretation. As a student, one doesn't want to be influenced by bad players. Only the best ones possible.
One can't do this very easily with MIDI: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SIF1CuNOVE
Sometimes one needs to listen a few times to understand the music. This is what makes classical music great...every time that you listen, something new may present itself. Watcing this performance is an education if you pay attention.
If you want to play some killer flute music, Hubert Laws sells the scores to someof his music from his website. I think his song Malaguena is one of the best flute tunes ever recorded, or Valse might fit the bill. Stylistically, these tunes are a mixture of classical and jazz.
I know exactly what ya mean. haha. Sometimes I get a little sick of Bach. A piece I did several years ago, but really loved, was Romance by Charles Brun. The title says it all. It was a gorgeous piece. I also love the Fantasie by Georges Hughes. There is a awesome recording of it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iXpJ3YZTLE. Francks Sonata for flute and Piano is gorgeous as well. <3