happy to be one

for solo flute.

difficult: circular breathing, improvisation.

timing is open, but usually runs between 5-8 minutes.


I was asked to write a piece for a friend's commitment ceremony that took place in October 2003. At the time, I had been working on circular breathing and improvising for about two years and was starting to feel comfortable with both of those things. I found myself piling on "requirements" as to what they piece sould be: I knew the piece had to be joyous, but I also felt it should be serious in some way, but also funky (almost danceable?), and furthermore it should shimmer. I wanted to celebrate not only my friends' choice to show their commitment to one another — one sense of "one" in the title, but also my growing abilities as an improviser and a circular breather — another sense of being "one" of the people who can do those things. This piece is dedicated to Marion Leary and Lara Kelly.


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