Three Pieces for Solo Flute (1973)

Programme Note: John Buckley

These pieces were completed in 1973 whilst I was a studying flute with Doris Keogh at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. The first performance was given the following year by Derek Moore.

The first and third piece share a common formal structure - the musical material presented at the outset is expanded and developed leading to climactic points after which an atmosphere of calm reflectiveness gradually sets in. The second piece provides a sharp contrast. Angular fragments and detached notes are developed and juxtaposed in such a manner as to suggest a collage.