21 February 2020: Two world premieres
My wife and I met by agreement at our local cathedral to attend a concert by Flautista, a trio of female flautists. They played ten numbers, which were mostly classical style. They included some well-known pieces, such as the Pizzicati from “Sylvia” by Delibes and the Habenera and Gypsy Chorus from Bizet’s “Carmen”. Apparently Bizet originally thought that he had based the Habenera on a traditional melody but discovered later that it had been written by a fellow composer. He put a note acknowledging the other composer in subsequent copies of the score.
There was also a piece that was well known to me, the Irish air “Down by Sally Gardens”. I know it well because it is included on some CDs I have of Irish music.
The first world premiere was of a piece called Highland Mists, which was written specially for Flautista by a regular member of the lunchtime concert audience, Eric Withams. This was lovely and lyrical.
The other premiere was of “Flautastic!”, which was written by one of Flautista’s own members, Kerenza Peugniez. She said she had aimed for something “funky” and lively to finish with so the audience could go out on a high. She certainly achieved the effect she wanted.