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Jenny’s Delight

Thirteen Flutes
10 minutes | 1992
Score 20 pages

Recorded on Zyode compact disc DS1016

This work originated after the composer’s two-year-old daughter made her first trip to the concert hall; when she heard the orchestra play, she jumped uncontrollably up and down between the rows in delight.

Although it is gentle, playful, and occasionally nostalgic, this music is marked by dense, highly contrapuntal textures. There are ten actual flute lines (no doublings) plus an alto flute part which is positioned in the center and functions as bass. The complexity of the fabric is such that a dense mass of sound is presented much of the time, although two of the lines (antiphonally positioned on the far left and right sides) contain the most animated and motivically significant material.