When the pandemic hit, the Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellows changed course from writing large chamber music projects to writing solo etudes for LA Phil musicians. Hear Musings by Noah Godard performed by Elise Shope Henry.
When I started working on Musings, I decided that I wanted to write a piece that would only make sense for solo flute. The piece begins with an opening gesture built up of three motifs, each of which is designed to play to a strength of the instrument: its agility, its melodic beauty, and a technique called harmonics. As these three ideas telescope into the three sections of the piece, the motifs continue to intertwine and merge with one another.
To learn more about the Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellowship Program, go to http://laphil.com/cfp