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flying solo


Composed in 2008

For flute

Duration: 5:00


I wrote Flying Solo for a good friend after we both graduated from Rice University. She was preparing to spend a year overseas, traveling on a Watson Fellowship, and I wanted to commemorate the fact that she was striking out on her own for the first time. Much of the initial planning of this piece was done on a plane flying to Milan and, as such, the music contains something of my interpretation of the physical sensation of flying—a sensation that is not entirely calming for me! Even in the most soaring moments, some of the nervous energy that I feel when flying manifests itself musically in the form

of sweeping runs, uneasy pauses, and stuttering syncopations.



First Performance: March 5th, 2009, New Music New Haven

Morse Recital Hall, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Sabatino Scirri, flute


Related Works:

Cats Out of the Bag


LA Composition


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