I was a pretty decent flutist in high school and in my early college years. Alas, piano and voice became higher priorities as the years rolled by. The flute remains very dear to me, and I still play once in awhile.  One of my favorite pieces to play is Debussy’s “Syrinx.” I composed this piece just after completing my bachelor’s degree. I wanted to try my hand at something ameter that, like “Syrinx,” would offer the performer a wide range of expressive and interpretive possibilities.  I love the idea that no two flute players will  perform this the same way.

Two recordings of this work are posted here. They are quite different from one another, but both are excellent.

  1. Kathy Davis performed the work on my Composition Recital in April of 2019. The work has three movements: 1) Saltarello, 2) Pavana, and 3) Folia
  1. Ann Donner recorded the work for me in the summer of 2017 (photos and recording are below)
Ann Donner Recording “Italian Dance Suite”
Ann Donner recording “Italian Dance Suite” for unaccompanied flute.

Movement I: Saltarello

Movement II: Pavana

Movement III: Folia

Ann Donner, flute

Haley Neilson, recording engineer (Summer 2017)

Recorded at Wine Recital Hall, Manchester University

North Manchester, Indiana

Italian Dance Suite is published by Manchester Music, LLC and distributed solely by JWPepper. To order sheet music, follow this link: https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/search.jsp?keywords=Debra+Lynn