This piece was my first attempt to create aesthetically pleasing audio files of one of my compositions. The playback was created entirely in Finale using GPO flute and piano patches, a modified Human Playback preset, Finale’s MIDI tool, and a custom Garritan ambiance setting based on the “Parlor” preset. The title is Three Rondos with Riffs and Refrains. There is a strong jazz influence to all of the harmonies and some of the rhythms and melodies
A former music theory student of mine who is now a true flute virtuoso asked me to compose this piece. A very good publisher of flute music was interested in it but wanted a recording to help judge its merits. For health and scheduling reasons a premiere was postponed for two or more years. It appeared that the opportunity to get it published would also be lost. I decided to try to create my own recording using MIDI. Reluctantly the publisher’s selection committee agreed to listen to these files and, thankfully, they liked them. Many of the compliments were for the sound of the flute and piano in all registers, all lengths of notes, and at all dynamic levels. The flute vibrato was highly praised. Needless to say I owe Gary and the GPO team a debt of gratitude for helping save the publication prospects of this piece. I’m hoping that the publisher will agree add these files to their web page. Any suggestions for improvement in the audio quality and MIDI playback would be appreciated. I know I need to use controllers cc22 and 23 on the repeated notes in the flute in the last movement.
A very successful premiere did eventually take place at the National Flute Association’s convention in August of last year.