TTU flutist Roger Martin opens 2007-08 concert season Sept. 4

Tennessee Tech University flutist Roger Martin opens the university’s 2007-08 concert season with a free faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 in Derryberry Hall Auditorium.

Paul Thurmond on piano, Mary Alice Hoepfinger on harp and Kathy Bowers and Carol Trent on flutes will accompany Martin for various pieces.

The program begins with the alternately dreamy and driving Sonata for flute and piano by Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff, a student of French composer Claude Debussy.

Bowers, a TTU alumna from Crossville, and Trent, of Livingston, will join Martin for Trio for Flutes by Katherine Hoover.

“Hoover, herself a flutist, explores various effects and sonorities for the three flutes in this work,” Martin said. “In fact, its fourth movement is a musical palindrome — the same forward and backward.”

Harpist Hoepfinger next joins Martin for two compositions — Song of the Lark by American composer Charles Rochester Young and Entr’acte by French composer Jacques Ibert.

“Young’s piece is charmingly neo-Romantic, while the Ibert piece mimics the excitement and rhythms of the Spanish Fandango,” Martin said.

Sonatine for flute and piano by Pierre Sancan concludes the program.

Written as a contest piece for the Paris Conservatory, this work consists of three contrasting sections, which display the colorations possible in the pairing of flute and piano.

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