Winter Echoes (2008)

Programme Note: John Buckley

Winter Echoes for solo flute, completed in 2008, is a version of the cadenza taken from an earlier work Flute Concerto - In Winter Light (2006). Winter Echoes is a musical reflection on the extraordinary magical qualities of light during an Irish winter. This can vary between the startling luminous brilliance of the low sun at midday and the muted twilight, as shadows softly merge into a late November evening. This short piece attempts to capture and interpret these moods through a combination of virtuoso brilliance and lyrical reflection. It is dedicated to William Dowdall, for whom it was written.