Dr. Anthony Rivera, conductor
Dr. Ray Furuta, soloist
Peter Mennin: Canzona
Charles Griffes: Poem for Flute and Wind Ensemble
Richard Strauss: Gavotte from Suite in B-flat, Op. 4
Carl Off: Selections from Carmina Burana for Wind Ensemble
Mennin’s Canzona introduces that same polyphony of Renaissance master Gabrieli into his composition and combines it with modern harmony and structure.
Griffes’ Poem has since become firmly established in the American 20th-century solo flute repertoire. The atmospheric opening serves as a refrain throughout this single-movement work, separated by episodes of lush chromatic language, polymetric dance, and energized technique.
Strauss’ Gavotte is playful and is a nod to his future mature symphonic style.
This transcription of Carmina Burana by John Krance was conceived entirely as an instrumental work, with the arranger fully incorporating the vocal parts. His transcription, now a staple in wind literature, grew out of detailed correspondence with the equally enthusiastic Orff who wrote to Krance: “I would like to emphasize my very great pleasure with your superb arrangement.”