Zephyrs of the Dawn
Instrumentation: Octet Instruments: Alto Flute, Bass Flute, Flute, Piccolo
ZEPHYRS OF THE DAWN for flute choir by Howard J. Buss is an enchanting work that showcases the agility and beautiful sonority of the flute choir. The character of the music is meditative and at times conveys a hint of portent, as if to suggest that these gentle, yet persistent early morning breezes contain within them hints of the events of the coming day. The musical scoring is colorful and inventive, yet does not require the performers to venture into extreme registers or use extended techniques. It is scored for piccolo, five C flutes, alto flute, bass flute, and optional contrabass flute. Because of its modest technical demands and musical sophistication, this audience-friendly work is appropriate for both intermediate-level and advanced flute choirs. (5’) Grade IV.