John Buckley Three Pieces for Solo Flute (1973
These Three Pieces for Solo Flute 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.