An arrangement by Martin Parry of one of Albéniz's most haunting and evocative pieces. Review: "Another well thought out and lovely arrangement from Martin Parry taking the well-known tune Granada which although originally written for piano has become one of the most important works of the classical guitar repertoire. Here Parry lets the flute have the tune the majority of the time but in places lets the piano take over to add variety and to continue some of the phrases in a different octave. The melody works well on the flute and one which would fit nicely into a Spanish programme of music (which I do get asked to do!) or as an encore to a recital. Very glad to have it added to my repertoire." – Dr. Rachel Smith DMA, MA, BMus (Hons), FTCL – November 2014 Review: "This popular piano solo is now arranged for flute and piano and makes for an ideal encore piece. For studios, schools, colleges and professionals." – New Issues December 1994
Martin Parry began playing the flute at the age of 8 while a chorister of Canterbury Cathedral. He studied with Geoffrey Gilbert in London and Jean-Pierre Rampal in Paris. For over 30 years he has been at the forefront of London's orchestral scene. He was principal flute in the London Philharmonic Orchestra for ten years from 1974, and in 1987 joined the London Symphony Orchestra as sub principal flute. He has broadcast as a soloist and chamber musician both in the UK and abroad.
Starting with deep thoughts of life itself, Reflections is followed by a lighter middle section of getting on with life. Song of Spring begins with rays of sunshine and the grass turning from brown to green - by the main theme we are into spring and enjoying it. Neapolitan Thoughts represents thinking of Italy and a visit to Naples and the famous Bay.
The alternative harmonies in this arrangement by Rebecca Faith make it a highly emotive interpretation. The piano takes control of the main melody, with the flute adding beautiful harmony and decorative features. The phrases O Come All Ye Faithful and Joyful and Triumphant are explored in shifting keys and harmonies adding a unique richness. However, the melody is still strongly present leaving the listener satisfied that they have heard the much loved tune.
The title Seren Y Nos is Welsh for Star of the Night. This atmospheric piece by Rebecca Faith is based on a simple bass line made up of three chords but the overall result is quite complex. There are two main themes, the first heard on the piano, the second introduced by the flute - these two themes are then layered, inverted and heard in different ranges, timbres and textures to create a sound that goes far beyond two simple themes. The result is a magical sound that has a distinct enchanting impression of a vast open space, hence the title Star of the Night.
Thinking of nostalgic memories of bygone days Memories pictures someone sitting on a public bench looking out to sea. Concert Waltz represents returning from a music concert to go on to happy partying and dancing, while Haunted Dreams pictures a sleeping adult haunted by memories of the past.
As a change from show-off bravura items this piece simply asks to be loved, and will return that feeling. Written in a very approachable style, it is well mannered enough to be taken anywhere. For colleges, conservatories and professionals.