Joseph Gething – Themes For Flute Book 1 (Flute & Piano)
Starting peacefully and calmly Valse Semplice is followed by a variation of mood swings and melodies before returning to the valse. The Gipsy Rondo represents an atmospheric Hungarian scene, and When Autumn Comes starts with a nostalgic main melody describing autumn having arrived, before chasing through the falling leaves.
Starting peacefully and calmly Valse Semplice is followed by a variation of mood swings and melodies before returning to the valse. The Gipsy Rondo represents an atmospheric Hungarian scene, and When Autumn Comes starts with a nostalgic main melody describing autumn having arrived, before chasing through the falling leaves. Review: "Joseph Gething’s six books each contain three pieces which are varied in style and difficulty. Pleasant tunes, yet challenging in places with cadenza-like passages covering the whole 3 octaves of the flute. The melodies vary from waltzes to a rondo and incorporate scalic virtuosic passages as well as key and tempo changes. The accompaniments are mainly straight forward and the pieces should fit together well without too much rehearsal time. The series is in six books simply to keep the cost of each book at a reasonable price and to then attract players to purchasing another if they like the music. All in all nice to have some new original music to include in a recital programme alongside mainstream repertoire as variety, and accessible for an audience with some 'light fun styles'. Probably suit a grade 7 student upwards to professional." – Dr. Rachel Smith DMA, MA, BMus (Hons), FTCL – July 2014 Review: "All six volumes of Joseph Gethings Themes for Flute, with piano accompaniment contain three pieces each. The themes appear to be original melodies and many are quite beautiful. The descriptive titles aid interpretation and these volumes are sure to provide hours of pleasure. Broadbent & Dunn are to be commended for providing an outlet for todays composers. Their publications are simple in design but easy to read and not exorbitantly priced." Ann Cherry in Music Teacher September 2006
Joseph Gething began piano lessons at the age of 16 while serving an apprenticeship at a school of building. Under the excellent teaching of Raymond Skinner, who later became a Dr. of Music, he passed his Grade 8 exam in the Theory of Music and Grade 6 in Piano. He was then offered a partnership with Raymond Skinner, playing in some of his concerts. However, Joseph gave up piano lessons turning instead to composition. Several musician friends urged him to seek publication of his works, but he became a clerk of works instead. Many years later his second wife Marilyn contacted Broadbent & Dunn about music scores he had laying about in his music room at home. Prompted by the acceptance of many of his works he once more turned his hand to composition. He passed away in March 2014.
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.
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 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.
This beautiful melody arranged by Rebecca Faith is refreshed with nonchalant jazzy harmonies. The main melody is heard but then takes a different turn with a short interlude in an improvisatory style. The main melody is heard in three different keys descending each time, however the opposite effect occurs as the rich sound of the key change lifts the ambience of the music.
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.