Nocturne for Flute
composer: Nancy Galbraith (2023)
genre: concerto: flute, chamber orchestra
length: 1 movement, 7:10 minutes
orchestration: solo amplified flute;
2fl, 2perc, pno, hp; strings
publisher: Subito Music Publishing (ASCAP)
60 Depot Street, Verona, NJ 07044 • 973-857-3440

world premiere: 7 October 2023
Stephen Schultz, amplified flute • Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Ensemble
Daniel Nesta Curtis, conductor
Kresge Recital Hall • Carnegie Mellon University • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
composer's notes: "Nocturne for Flute" was adapted from the second movement of my Concerto for Flute, a 3-movement work premiered in 2019. It begins mysteriously, with a lilting figure in the strings, and a background of bells. An ominous beat appears in the bass drum and contrabass, followed by a plaintive flute melody which, with simulated delay effects provided by the two orchestral flutes, joins the orchestra in a swirl of sound at the climax of the piece. This tapers off into a haunting but serene concluding section. —NG