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.
A versatile piece for flute or harmonica with piano and optional 'cello, this is also a useful and worthwhile addition to the flute, 'cello and piano repertoire, as being a happy piece and audience friendly it makes for a good contrast to other works for this ensemble. Originally written for the harmonica, for which it is a substantial showpiece, the work uses the whole range of the flute and displays the player's versatility. For teaching studios, colleges, conservatories, libraries and professionals.
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.
Starting with a lively opening theme the Bagatelle leads into an appassionato type melody before going back to a faster pace - a reminder perhaps of a short happy holiday? Dawn awakens in Dawn Chorus leading to the main melody as the day progresses, with a second theme representing the sun arriving in the early hours of morning. Ganger is a walking type dance of a German nature reminiscent of pre war Berlin.
The suggestion in Awakening Day is that with all the buds of May shooting up we must also wake up and go forward like nature. Intensity represents strong feelings in life and the need for will power to accomplish what you really want to. Paris Walk starts with an early morning walk, stark and slightly eerie, going towards the Seine with the Notre Dame glaring out in the early morning mist, before walking back past the Opera House - the walk continues, eventually coming to Montmartre, and then in the animato section climbs the steps to Sacre Coeur to see the expanse of Paris and the Eiffel Tower in the distance.
La Fille Aux Cheveux Dores (The Girl with the Golden Hair), composed by Paul Lewis and dedicated to Rachel Smith, is a study in extreme legato and breath control. It is sensuous, delicate, intimate and very French, and has the most gorgeous and romantic tune imaginable. Rachel Smith recorded this work in April 2012 on the CD The World of the Flute, released in 2013 by Polyphonic, QPRZ 029D.