On Stage at Curtis

Graduation Recital by Flutist Diondre McKinney

A graduation recital by Diondre McKinney, flute. Diondre is a native of Houston, and studied at Curtis with Jeffrey Khaner. His program (also featuring pianist Yoni Levyatov):

Rivier: Sonatine for Flute and Piano
Jean Rivier, who lived from 1896 to 1987, is remembered primarily for his flute compositions. His neo-classical style harkened back to an earlier musical aesthetic emphasizing order, balance, clarity and emotional restraint.

Schwantner: Black Anemones
Joseph Schwantner is a contemporary American composer. This version of Black Anemones is a transcription of a song for soprano and piano, originally published in “Two Poems of Agueda Pizarro.”

Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
(with Daniel Hanul Lee, viola and Elizabeth White Clark, harp)
Composed in 1915, this is one of a projected series of six chamber works, of which Debussy completed only three. Its three movements are marked: Pastorale, Interlude and Finale. So, what of the style here? Well, considering that the composer said anyone who called his music “impressionist” was an imbecile, we’ll pass.

Ian Clarke: The Great Train Race
Diondre is a great admirer of this contemporary British composer’s imaginative works, having played “Zoom Tube” on our series last year. Here, Ian Clarke paints an entertaining tone picture, challenging the player with multiple extended techniques for a brief, but fun ride.

Taffanel: Fantasy on Themes from “Der Freischutz”
Claude-Paul Taffanel (1844-1908) was one of the great flutists of his day. Composers and musicians in the 19th century often created paraphrases of famous operas that could be played in people’s homes or other smaller settings, like this one from Weber’s opera.

Music Word of the Week: Tonguing
“In the playing of woodwind and brass instruments, the interruption of the flow of wind from the lungs into the instrument by means of a motion of the tongue against the mouthpiece or reed.”
(from the Oxford Dictionary of Music)

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