Trillium

solo flute (1999)

Elizabeth Brown, flute

duration: 4:15


program note

Trillium, for solo flute, was commissioned by the National Flute Association for the High School Competition for the year 2000, and has subsequently been performed nationwide. The trillium is a beautiful early spring woodland wildflower with leaves and white petals in threes. The flute language of Trillium is heavily influenced by Japanese shakuhachi music and birdsong. There are a number of unusual timbres and trills, many involving microtones. Trillium can be played on a closed-hole, C-foot flute. John Barcellona’s article in the November, 2001 issue of Flute Talk, ‘A Performance Guide to Elizabeth Brown’s Trillium’, is an excellent resource for learning the piece.