Griffes Poem for Flute and Piano



Amy Porter, flute; David Gilliland, piano. August 2010, Britton Recital Hall University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Charles Tomlinson Griffes Poem for Flute and Orchestra (Arr. Barrere)
Note: This is in lieu of a Study Guide. First, there are so many errata, I wouldn’t know where to begin to teach what was “correct” in my corrections because of multiple editions that are very contradictory. Here, I am using my own version with errata that cannot truly be verified, from Griffes’ hand unless someone can get to Mr. Bernie Goldberg,or multiple sources, that can show that we need to amend all the editions and I need to film a study guide. Unless that happens, we are left with Poco Piu Mosso becoming and Allegro Vivace… I heard the great Doriot Dwyer perform this with the BSO when I was very young student in HS at her Tanglewood Institute. Her Poco Piu Mosso was S L O W and at that moment I had an AH HA! moment. We have 1.5 pages of an accelerando – and if we start doing a jig too soon, we are left with no room to grow. In my humble opinion. AP

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29 thoughts on “Griffes Poem for Flute and Piano

  • August 27, 2017 at 4:12 am
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    Excellent filming and an excellent interpretation – what a musicianship and superb artistic collaboration!!! Thank you so much Amy! You make us flautists in and throughout the world really really happy!!

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  • August 27, 2017 at 4:12 am
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    Yay, i'm doing this for my Wind Ensemble audition as a freshman in Highschool, auditions happen next Tuesday… I'm am utterly terrified.

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  • August 27, 2017 at 4:12 am
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    I played this song last year from memory and had to memorize how the piano part sounded because I could not find its pulse, any tips? of course looking at the sheet music I could see the rhythm, but as far as counting my rests I was at a complete loss.

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  • August 27, 2017 at 4:12 am
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    I love this song but hate it at the same time because it's so complicated to play

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  • August 27, 2017 at 4:12 am
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    Your phrasing/gentle vibrato is stunning- I imagined a butterfly flitting around while a predator looks on, creating an imminent aura of danger. Immensely mysterious. I also love the piano accompaniment instead of flute + orchestra. Kudos 🙂

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  • August 27, 2017 at 4:12 am
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    I did it for solo and ensemble my senior year of high school and again for my last jury at Miami Dade College. I love the colors that this piece has! 🙂

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  • August 27, 2017 at 4:12 am
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    I am currently working on this piece for my california state honor band audition. It's the most difficult piece I've ever worked on and I'm very nervous! I wish I sounded as good as Ms. Porter does 🙁

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  • August 27, 2017 at 4:12 am
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    Died at age 35 in New York, during the Great Flu Pandemic. What a tragic loss for US music.

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  • August 27, 2017 at 4:12 am
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    Absolutely beautifully done.

    I played this for my performance recital 25 years ago (not as well as Ms. Porter, I'm afraid), but still…hearing this brought back heartfelt memories of working on this gorgeous piece.

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  • August 27, 2017 at 4:12 am
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    By any chance, would anyone know where to get the sheet music? I'm severely interested in studying this theoretically.

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  • August 27, 2017 at 4:12 am
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    So glad I found this! I'm starting to learn this piece for college auditions next year. So happy to have a piece to reference for practicing. :3

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  • August 27, 2017 at 4:12 am
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    Wow this is probably the best version of this piece i have ever heard. What an incredible player!

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  • August 27, 2017 at 4:12 am
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    Lovely! Wonderfully sustained journey through this piece. Easy to be moved by your performance. Well done! Also praise to the accompanist who is always right there, and more. Lovely colors, spunky tempos, generous musicianship. Thanks for this.

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  • August 27, 2017 at 4:12 am
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    I was happy when I found that this solo was on youtube. When I saw Amy Porter was playing it, I was like, 'OH MY GAWD YEEEES'.

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