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.
This arrangement by Rebecca Faith is not what is usually expected when labelled with the familiar title Silent Night. This piece of music is more of a variation of themes, the familiar melodies remaining recognisable but treated as small pockets of atmospheric motifs rather than one long lyrical melody. The style and harmonies have a more experimental magical feel whilst remaining easy on the ear, and are created to capture the attention and imagination of the listener.
The last movement Langport March is a Trinity College London Grade 5 Exam Piece for Flute until the end of 2020 Arrangements of Somerset folk songs to give them a new lease of life and introduce them to audiences who might never otherwise hear them. Very popular with audiences, its individual movements are useful as fillers or encores. Martock Jig and Langport March are also playable on Piccolo. It is a very direct and enjoyable work and is also versatile, with versions for flute, violin or harmonica with piano accompaniment. The original harmonica version is very idiomatically written by the composer, who was long associated with the late great virtuoso Tommy Reilly. It is folk material very well suited to the instrument. For teaching studios, conservatories, libraries, amateurs and professionals. The last movement of this work Langport March has been a Trinity College London Grade 5 Exam Piece for Flute since 2007.
Describing a person's feelings towards his or her partner Melody of Love shows continuing affection in a couple of variations. Impressions reflects moods, sadness and nostalgic thoughts, leading to a short melody of joy before returning to impressions of life, and Air is a serene hymn like melody with a feeling of peace.
Deliberately fun and slightly tongue in cheek, this arrangement by Rebecca Faith is challenging but highly enjoyable. The new composed melodies become as much loved as the original tune, seamlessly layered and intertwined. The descending bass line, punchy accents and shifting time signatures give this piece a sense of a 'swing' style. Definitely a piece that requires strong drive and attitude.
In this arrangement the exploration of register and alternative harmonies, together with the sustain pedal, creates an image of sound reverberation in open spaces. The piano's open fifths in the middle of the piece gives an eastern feel. Rebecca Faith has added a new original theme alongside the main melody that gives a fresh unique quality - this theme immediately sets the atmosphere in the piano introduction and is later heard more powerfully on the flute, returning at the close of the piece in the high register of the piano creating a music box like feel.
Penderyn is a tiny village at the edge of the Brecon Beacons and is the birthplace of the compose's grandmother. The old church of Penderyn is enclosed by trees that are home to scores of birds from which the village takes its name - 'Hill of Birds' is the English translation. The flute evokes the bird song and in the central section plays a folk style melody, while the piano takes a harp like role with an old Welsh hymn (Llef) hidden in the harmony and following the bird song.