A delightful recital piece by English composer Martin Yates, whose eclectic style is fast earning him popularity. For studios, colleges, conservatories and professionals. Review: "Martin Yates has written a good amount of music for the flute over the years and again this is a challenging yet accessible work with some virtuosic passages and changes of time and key making for an exciting piece. The first movement is marked Fast but Strong and has a lively feel with many fast finger passages covering all the 3 octaves of the flute. The second is a contrasting Andantino Semplice with a lovely melody before ending with a Fast movement, exactly as it says in the title – fast, also challenging rhythmically and note-wise, with many chromatic passages working against the two parts. The piano part is fairly challenging in both the first and last movements but all in all a good strong sonatina adding to the flute repertoire. It would fit into an otherwise mainstream repertoire programme and suit players from around grade 8 standard upwards." – Dr. Rachel Smith DMA, MA, BMus (Hons), FTCL – July 2014
Described by the London Times as "one of the most exciting and versatile British conductors of his generation”, Martin Yates made his conducting debut with Bizet’s 'Carmen' at the Israel National Opera aged 24 and has since had a busy career that has included conducting many of Europe’s major symphony orchestras and at many important opera houses including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Royal Flanders Philharmonic, Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra and Opera, Royal Opera House in Convent Garden, Royal Swedish Opera House and the Rome Opera. He has appeared with such leading performers as Montserrat Caballe, Bryn Terfel, Barbara Hendricks, Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna and Yo-Yo Ma and has conducted the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo three times. Intending from the outset to pursue a career as a composer, Martin studied with Richard Arnell and Sir John Taverner and has written four string quartets 'LA Beach Music', 'New York Night Music', 'Frisco Bay Music' and 'Nashville, Tennesse'. The ever-popular 'Café Music', a 'Harpsichord Sonatina', 'Divertimento' for oboe, bassoon and double bass and a considerable amount of music involving the flute, most of which was written for the British flautist Anna Noakes. These works include the Sonata 'Fire Island', 'Sonatina 1 and 2', 'Sonata for Flute and Harp' and 'Concerto for Flute, Harp and Strings'. The Guardian described Martin Yates as a composer of confident and engaging music that has a style and colour that is both immediately appealing and rewarding to listen to. Martin has also written several scores for theatre productions including the plays 'Jane Eyre', 'The Woman in White' and 'Dear Octopus', three musicals 'Wuthering Heights', 'The Soap Opera' and 'Nothing Doing Tonight' and later works include 'Brass Quintet' and 'The Promise' for Flute Ensemble. Players as diverse as flautist Anna Noakes, harpist Gillian Tingay, pianist Kathron Sturrock, flautist Emily Beynon, double bass payer Duncan McTeer, soprano Jean Glennon and conductor Kent Nagano have played his music. His very popular arrangements of the two Gershwin classics 'S Wonderful' and 'I Got Rhythm' for horn quartet are played all over the world.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.