Andy Scott’s Sonata for Flute and Harp recently featured in Harp Carnivale 2014, the 41st National Conference of the American Harp Society.
The Chicago based Lyrebird Ensemble, comprising Ellen Huntington on flute and Lillian Lau on harp, performed the Sonata in their recital programme at the high profile conference in New Orleans on 23 June.
The Sonata for Flute and Harp is a popular concert piece, which has been performed in the USA on a number of previous occasions, including twice by the Lyrebird Ensemble. The three movement sonata is influenced by Eastern European folk rhythms and jazz harmony, and employs special effects and timbres, including using the harp as a percussion instrument to create rhythmic intensity. Movements one and three are thematically linked, whilst the second movement stands on its own.
The work has been recorded twice: first on the CD Sonata by the Arabesque Duo, for whom it was written, and subsequently by Clare Southworth and Lauren Scott on The Bad Tempered Flute, a collaborative CD of Andy Scott’s works for flute, which also features flautists Paul Edmund-Davies and Andy Findon, pianists Tim Carey and Peter Lawson, and guitarist Craig Ogden.
The Lyrebird Ensemble is an innovative flute and harp duo based in Chicago. It was formed in 2006 when flutist Ellen Huntington and harpist Lillian Lau began collaborating as members of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. They are dedicated to performing lesser known repertoire written specifically for flute and harp from the late eighteenth century to the present day.
The Sonata for Flute and Harp is published by Astute Music
Click to visit the website for the Lyrebird Ensemble
Click to watch a performance by Caliente (Clare Southworth and Lauren Scott) of the first movement of the Sonata for Flute and Harp
Click to hear extracts of The Bad Tempered Flute at Amazon
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