Sonatina for Flute and Harp in F major - (2003)
for Mark Carlson
i. Arabesca [ 3 pages, circa 1' 00" ]
The opening movement is a simple arabesque, leaning on pentatonic tones within the diatonic scale for its "a" section, with with a more lyrical middle section in the relative minor, and final truncated reprise of the opening tonic.
ii. Lirico [ 1 page, circa 1' 00" ]
The lirico movement is small and hymn like, of three stanzas in the accompanying harp with a non-synchronized melodic line above.
iii. Arietta e passacaglia [ 5 pages, circa 2' 35" ]
The third movement is an arietta of two strophes in the relative minor of D, and extended passacaglia in F major.
iv. Giocoso [ 4 pages, circa 1' 00" ]
The final movement is a short giocoso, a breathless romp with comic grand pauses between strophes, and is introduced by a simple set of scales in the relative minor and major tonic.
[Total duration - 13 pages, circa 5' 35" ]
Born in 1952 in Ft. Lewis, Washington, Mark Carlson grew up in California, attended the University of Redlands, graduated from Cal State University in Fresno, and received MA and PhD degrees in composition from UCLA. Active as a private teacher, he is also on the faculty at Santa Monica College and UCLA where he has taught music theory and composition for many years. Since 1982 he has served on the Board of Directors of Design for Sharing, UCLA's Performing Arts community outreach program. He founded the chamber music series, Pacific Serenades, in 1982, for which I composed An Echo from the Shore to texts drawn from the work of Walt Whitman.
The score is available as a free PDF download, though any major commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this complete score, consisting of the full score and separate flute part.
Sonatina for Flute and Piano in F major