Joseph Gething – Themes For Flute Book 4 (Flute & Piano)
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.
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. 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 Gething's 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 today's 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.