Five Whimsies for Flute & Piano 

Composed in: 1976
Instrumentation: Flute & Piano
Premiered by: Mark Carlson, flute
Tania Agins, piano
Publisher: C. Swigart Music

Program Notes

Five Whimsies began as a work for my younger sister, Lisa, then a flutist in high school, and Awakening was written as a birthday present for her in 1976.  As the rest of the pieces progressed, I began to think of them more as performance pieces for me.  In fact, I premiered Sally’s Wedding as the bride’s processional at my cousin Sally Boni Christopherson’s wedding in 1977.

For many years titled Five Little Pieces—a sort of grad-student joke, since it sounds more profound when used in German (Fünf Kleine Stücke) for a Webern work—I retitled when I realized that flutists took the title to mean that the pieces were easy. But like Schumann’s Kinderszenen, which are meant to convey some aspects of the naivete and playfulness of childhood, these pieces are intended for a flutist with chops.