The New York Flute Club is pleased to announce our second Flute Composition Competition for the 2014-15 season. The first competition, held in 1948, was won by Eldin Burton for his Sonatina, which is now part of our standard repertoire. We are seeking to encourage compositions for flute and to bring exciting new compositions to the entire flute community.
Works for flute and piano between 8 and 15 minutes in duration will be considered. Submissions will be adjudicated anonymously in two rounds, and the finalists' compositions will be presented at the New York Flute Fair in March/April of 2015 in New York City. The Flute Club will select distinguished artists to perform the works and feature them in recital. The performances will be recorded and featured on the Flute Club's website and YouTube channel so that the entire music community can discover and enjoy them.
Three prizes will be awarded:
First prize: $1,500
Second prize: $1,000
Third prize: $500
Deadline for entries: September 15, 2014
For more information, please visit this website: www.nyfluteclub.org
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Eldin Burton: Sonatina for flute and piano
A native of Fitzgerald, Georgia, Eldin Burton studied piano and composition at the Atlanta Conservatory and Juilliard School of Music. Sonatina for flute and piano is Burton’s best-known work and is adapted from a work for solo piano written for a composition class at Julliard. Burton dedicated his composition to a fellow Julliard student, the noted flutist Samuel Baron, who debuted the performance in 1947 in New York City. Sonatina won the composition contest of the New York Flute Club in 1948 and as a first prize Burton was awarded a publishing contract for his composition with G. Schirmer Inc. Burton went on to work for G Schirmer Inc. and later retired in Sarasota, Florida.
Sonatina for flute and piano is a three-movement work with a conservative, yet unique approach to melody, harmony and rhythm. The first Allegretto grazioso movement dances gracefully with its agile tempo and song-like melody, lyrically toying with scales and arpeggios against a rich harmonic structure.
Andantino Sognando, with its playful and quirky passages, is at some moments bold and at others, inquisitive; a sublime contrast to the lively and humorous triple-metered third movement, Allegro giocoso quasi fandango, that begins with lightly spirited burst of energy and races off in interesting and animated directions.