Opus 9

Flute Choir in G Minor "Autumn"

Upon hearing my composition “Walking Woodwinds Trio” (Op. 5) in the Canada Music Week masterclass at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Judith Pazder, who performs in the High Notes Flute Choir, said that she would be open to the flute choir performing a composition of mine, perhaps for the concert next year.

For the first month I made little to no progress on this piece as the narrow range of such an ensemble kept preventing me from moving further, however I still managed to get the first theme down, which came to me on a mundane school day in autumn as I stared off out the window while the teacher attempted to control the chaos which unfolded regularly in the class.

For the entirety of winter and spring, I actually had completely abandoned the piece as I was too focused on finishing what is now the “Micro-Symphony in Three Movements” (Op. 7) in time for the Victoria Symphony New Explorations Workshop concert on 24 March, 2019. At that point I found myself with “composer’s block” as I had exhausted my creative stamina from an overwhelming bustle of performances, examinations, and other events. From March to June, the busiest months for me, I barely felt in the mood for composing, and only produced mediocre pieces which I try not to look back at.

At the end of the school year, I had finally gotten a chance to relax and regenerate my creative stamina, however I still found myself not making any significant progress on this piece. Instead I focused my creativity on pieces such as the Fugato for Brass Quintet.

It was not until the end of September 2019 where I realized Canada Music Week was a month away after Judith asked me about my progress on this piece. After staring and metaphorically poking away at the incomplete score for hours on end, I still could not develop the piece. I only had two short completely different themes and no way to connect them. Thinking back to my many sleepless nights of watching YouTube videos, I had remembered learning about the Sonata-Allegro form, where only two short contrasting themes could be made into a full-length piece, with a few simple rules to follow.

With that on my mind, I had launched into a writing spree and finally finished this piece once and for all.

It turned out that the majority of this piece ended up being composed in the last week before its completion, after a year of stagnation. I decided to title this piece “Autumn” because significant progress was made on this piece only during the falls of 2018 and 2019.

General Score Information


Started..........................................21 Nov, 2018Completed...................................14 Oct, 2019Genres...........................................March, WaltzKeys.......................G Minor, G Major, E MinorDuration.................................................0:05:30BPMs..........................................................86, 90Bar Count.....................................................210Note Count................................................3487Time Signatures..................................2/2, 3/4Avg. Writing Speed...................0.44 notes/h

Parts

Flute 1/PiccoloFlute 1Flute 2Flute 3Flute 4Alto FluteBass Flute
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