Fragmentary Rondo (Solo Flute)

unaccompanied solo flute, 1 movement, (1996 rev. 2000) ca. 6’30”

Premiered by Hugh Williams at Next Stage in NYC, 1996. In the review of the premiere concert, The New Music Connoisseur (Vol. 5, No. 3, 1997) said: “Charles Griffin’s Fragmentary Rondo for solo flute should join the ranks of standard repertory.”

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Program Note:

Fragmentary Rondo is the first piece I have written for a solo melodic instrument. I was interested in exploring and integrating several extended techniques for the flute such as slap-tongue, whistle tones, tongue-stops, multiphonics, etc. The piece is in rondo form, and alternates between dance-like or running melodic fragments or gestures and quieter, cautious passages. It was premiered by Hugh Williams and has since been performed by Jennifer Grim (Zephyros Winds), Patricia Spencer (Da Capo Chamber Players), Andrea Ceccomori (soloist, Rome, Italy), Rogério Wolf (soloist, Sao Paolo, Brazil), and others.

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CBG2_WPRKOriginally from New York, Charles Griffin returned to the U.S. in 2010 to take a position at Florida's Full Sail University as course director of Advanced Music Composition in their MPBS program, after spending 5 years living and working in Latvia. His compositions and arrangements have been performed at festivals and concert halls throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Brazil, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.

He is also a radio show host on 91.5 WPRK FM. His show Zero Crossings incorporates live interviews with composers, conductors and performers with a focus on the local contemporary art music scene.

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