As part of the annual competition, James Pappoutsakis Memorial Fund commissions a piece by a distinguished composer to be premiered in the final round of the competition by the finalists. The following is a list of the pieces made possible by the commissioning program and the generosity of the composers.

Composers interested in being considered for future commissions should please contact the President for more details. We thank you for your interest.


2010   Gunther Schuller
      Sonatina for Flute (Piccolo) and Piano
   

The Sonatina for Flute (Piccolo) and Piano was written in a matter of ten days, spread over two months because of numerous interruptions. The work is in three movements, almost in a traditional ABA form (slow-fast-slow). I say “almost” since the first movement is in a moderate tempo (dotted quarter note = 88), but there’s a lot of fast moving music in it. I remember often thinking of the image of “rushing water” while composing it. The second movement is truly fast, a Scherzo for the piccolo, an instrument associated for a long time with lively Scherzo movements. The Finale is really slow moving; the words “languorous” and “eccentric” came to my mind in the writing of it.

The Sonatina is cast in my long-ago established style, a rich harmonic amalgam of atonality (high chromaticism) and tonality.  It was suggested that I might include some reference to James Pappoutsakis in the Sonatina, since it is dedicated to his memory. I was very happy to honor this request, great colleague and dear friend that Jimmy was, and decided to celebrate his beautiful flute playing, very subtly   ---I never do quotations and references in an obvious way --- by interpolating a few brief fragments, slightly disguised, from the a cappella backstage flute solo which introduces the “Arab Village” movement in my Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee. It was a solo which Jimmy played so beautifully, when the Boston Symphony Orchestra performed and recorded the piece in 1964. - Gunther Schuller, 2010

Website: Gunther Schuller

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    Title: Sonatina for Flute (Piccolo) and Piano
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2009   Michael Gandolfi
Three Pieces for Solo Flute

Michael Gandolfi received the B.M. and M.M. degrees in composition from the New England Conservatory of Music, as well as fellowships for study at the Yale Summer School of Music and Art, the Composers’ Conference, and the Tanglewood Music Center.  He is the recipient of numerous awards including grants from the Fromm Foundation, the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  Many leading ensembles including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project have performed his music. His music has been recorded on the Deutsche Grammophon and CRI labels.  He is a faculty member of the New England Conservatory of Music and the Tanglewood Music Center.  He was a visiting lecturer on music at Harvard University in 2002, and held a similar position there from 1996-1999.  He is listed in the New Groves Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

Website: www.michaelgandolfi.com

Piece Info
Title: Three Pieces for Solo Flute
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2008   Michael Weinstein
Tibia Pia 

More information coming soon.

Website: people.berklee.edu/mweinstein/Home.html

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Title: Tibia Pia
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2007   John Heiss
Soliloquy (harmonic images for flute and piano
)

John Heiss is an active composer, conductor, flutist, and teacher.  He is the Director of the Contemporary Ensemble at New England Conservatory, where he teaches in the flute, chamber music, composition, music history and musicology, and music theory departments.  His works have been performed worldwide, receiving premieres by Speculum Musicae, Boston Musica Viva, Collage New Music, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Aeolian Chamber Players, Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, and Alea III.

Website: www.newenglandconservatory.edu/faculty/heissJ.html

Piece Info
Title:  Soliloquy (harmonic images for flute and piano
)
Timing:  5"
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Description: (by John Heiss)
My Soliloquy has its origins in the musical and personal voice of James Pappoutsakis (“Jimmie”), who could float a tone like no-one else I’ve ever heard before or since.  He was a superb teacher, a great gentleman, wonderful mentor and generous colleague.  Perhaps the “harmonic images” of my piece would have pleased him,

The harmonic bonding between successive tones in a solo melodic line has always fascinated me.  In my Soliloquy, a pianist holds the pedal while a flutist plays directly into the piano, producing “chords.”  When the flutist turns towards the audience, to play “alone”, the pianist is induced to make up his/her own harmonies, in support of the continuing “soliloquy” of the flute.  The two instruments then interface through an intricate counterpoint, only to wind down to a strange unison passage, leading to a recurrence of the opening images and their final fusion into a single sound.


2006   Robert Bradshaw
Shorescape for Flute and Piano

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Website: www.robertjbradshaw.com

Piece Info
Title:  Shorescape for Flute and Piano
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2005   Ronald Caltabiano
Character Sketch for Solo Flute


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Website: www.caltabiano.net

Piece Info
Title: Character Sketch No. 4 for Solo Flute
Timing: 5:10
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
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2004   George Boziwick
Summer Wind for Flute and Piano

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Website:  n/a

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Title:  Summer Wind for Flute and Piano
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2003   Kim Sherman
“karner blue” for Flute and Piano

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Website: www.kdsherman.com

Piece Info
Title:  “karner blue” for Flute and Piano
Timing:  7"
Publisher:  Falls House Press
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Description: (by Kim Sherman)
“karner blue” celebrates the life of the Karner Blue Butterfly.  This beautiful endangered creature lives an intense short life.  The music reflects the life of the creature, its beauty in nature, the joy of flight, and the delicate balance between survival and extinction.


2002   Robert Dick
Techno Yaman for Flute and Electronic Keyboard/Drum Machine

More information coming soon.

Website: www.robertdick.net

Piece Info
Title:  Techno Yaman for Flute and Electronic Keyboard/Drum Machine
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2001   John Thow
Ha-No for Flute and Piano

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Website: www.johnthow.com

Piece Info
Title:  Ha-No for Flute and Piano
Timing:  10"
Publisher:  Falls House Press
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2000   Martin Boykan
Romanza for Flute and Piano

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Website:  n/a

Piece Info
Title:  Romanza for Flute and Piano
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1999   David Patterson
Spin for Flute and Harp

David Patterson composer and educator. B.A. Washington University, Ph.D. Harvard University, studied with his mother Blanche Nolte, Robert Wykes, Leon Kirchner, Nadia Boulanger, and Olivier Messiaen at the Paris Conservatory. He serves on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Boston where he was Chairman of the Music Department for 15 years.

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Title:  Spin for Flute and Harp
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1998   Eric Chasalow
To the Edge and Back for Flute and Piano

Eric Chasalow (USA 1955) is widely recognized as one of the few composers equally at home with electro-acoustic music as with music for traditional instrumental ensembles. He produces the biennial BEAMS Electronic Music Marathon codirects the The Video Archive of Electroacoustic Music an oral history project chronicling the pioneer electronic music composers and engineers from 1950 to the present. Eric is Professor of Music at Brandeis University, and Director of BEAMS, the Brandeis Electro-Acoustic Music Studio. He holds the D.M.A. from Columbia University where his principal teacher was Mario Davidovsky and where he studied flute with Harvey Sollberger. Among his honors are awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Fromm Foundation at Harvard University (two commissions), New York Foundation for the Arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters (awards in 1986 and 2003). His music is available from Suspicious Motives Music, G. Schirmer, McGinnis & Marx (New York) and Edition Bim (Switzerland) and on CDs from New World Records (1993 and 2003), ICMC, Intersound Net Records, SEAMUS, and RRRecords.

Website: www.ericchasalow.com

Piece Info
Title:  To the Edge and Back for Flute and Piano
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1997   Jack Jarrett
Ariel for Solo Flute

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Website:  n/a

Piece Info
Title: Ariel for Solo Flute
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1996   WL Holcombe
TBA

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Title: TBA 
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1995   Marjorie Merryman
Fantasy – Variations for Flute Solo

Composer Marjorie Merryman has been commissioned and performed throughout the United States and in many countries in Europe and Asia.  Her catalogue includes orchestral, choral, vocal and chamber music, as well as an opera and two oratorios.  She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including prizes from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Walter Hinrichsen Award, the League of Composers/International Society for Contemporary Music, the WBZ Fund for the Arts, and Composers Inc (Lee Ettelson Award).  Other awards are fellowships or grants from Tanglewood, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and National Endowment for the Arts/Meet the Composer program.  She was Composer-in-Residence of the New England Philharmonic and the Billings (MT) Symphony Orchestra, and served on the boards of the New England Composers’ Orchestra, Lily Boulanger Foundation, and Alea III.

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Piece Info
Title:  Fantasy – Variations for Flute Solo
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1994   Robert Maggio
Elysian Fields for Flute Solo

The music of Robert Maggio has been called "lyrical, passionate, melodic, and rhythmically charged" (American Record Guide). Hailed as a composer of music that is “smart, vital, and inventive” (Philadelphia Inquirer), Robert Maggio has created a substantial body of works in nearly every genre, each creating a unique connection between the composer’s “wondrously eclectic vocabulary” (New York Times) and the demands of a diverse body of commissions.  Robert Maggio is a Professor of Music Theory and Composition in the School of Music at West Chester University.

Website: www.robertmaggio.net/rm

Piece Info
Title:  Elysian Fields for flute solo
Timing:  7"
Publisher:  Theodore Presser Company
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Description: (by Robert Maggio)
Part 1: ...the lyre gave forth some mourful notes
Part 2: ...the poet's shade fled beneath the earth
Part 3: ...and, seeking through the blessed field, found Euridice


1993   Robert Convery
Prelude and Fugue for Flute and Piano

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Website:  n/a

Piece Info
Title:  Prelude and Fugue for Flute and Piano
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1992   Earl Grant Lawrence
Shadow Movement for Flute Solo

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Title:  Shadow Movement for Flute Solo
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1991   Alan Fletcher
Romance for Flute and Piano

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Title:  Romance for Flute and Piano
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1990   John McDonald
Dedicatory Triptych for Flute and Piano

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Website: www.johndmcdonald.com

Piece Info
Title:  Dedicatory Triptych for Flute and Piano
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1989   Dennis LeClaire
Episode for Flute and Piano

Dennis Leclaire has had his works performed at Carnegie Recital Hall, and in Canada, Egypt, Scotland, Germany and Poland. His recordings include Episode for Clarinet and Piano and Horn Quartet. His compositions are published by BJK Publications, Southern Music, and Frank E. Warren Music Services, His Haiku no. 1 & 4 was recorded by the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Piece Info
Title:  Episode for Flute and Piano
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1988   Thomas McKinley
Nocturne for Flute and Piano

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Piece Info
Title:  Nocturne for Flute and Piano
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1987   Martin Amlin
Morceau de Concours for Flute and Piano

Martin Amlin studied with Nadia Boulanger at Ecoles d'Art Americaines in Fontainebleau and Paris. Fellowships: Tanglewood Music Center, Massachusetts Artists Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts. ASCAP Grant to Young Composers and ASCAP Standard Awards. Residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Soloist and rehearsal pianist, Boston Pops Orchestra. Recordings for Wergo, Folkways, Titanic, Hyperion, Crystal, and Koch International.

Website: www.martinamlin.com

Piece Info
Title: Morceau de Concours for Flute and Piano
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1986   John Clement Adams
Caprice for Flute and Piano

John Clement Adams studied with Leon Kirchner and Earl Kim, Jacob Druckman, Alan Stout, and Seymour Shiffrin.  He was a Composition Fellow, Berkshire Music Festival. He is a recipient of the Margaret Grant Award (Tanglewood) and the BMI Award (1970).  His works have been performed by Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva, and others.  His works are published by E.C. Schirmer, Inc., Boston.  Visiting Lecturer, Harvard University.

Website:   n/a

Piece Info
Title:  Caprice for Flute and Piano
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1985   John Crotty
Caprice for Solo Flute

Jack Crotty is Associate Professor of Music Theory and Analysis at West Virgina University. Copies of his Pappoutsakis commission composition, Caprice are available from him at jcrotty@wvu.edu. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Michigan. His graduate degree is from the Eastman School of Music where he studied composition with Samuel Adler.

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Title: Caprice for Solo Flute
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1984   William Coble
After Silence for Solo Flute

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Website: www.williamcoble.com

Piece Info
Title:  After Silence for Solo Flute
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1983    Robert Ceely
Dialogues for Solo Flute

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Website: www.ceelymusic.com

Piece Info
Title:  Dialogues for Solo Flute
Timing: 5"
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1982   Daniel Riley
Fantasy and Scherzo for Flute and Piano

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Website: n/a

Piece Info
Title:  Fantasy and Scherzo for Flute and Piano
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