Marilyn Bliss


Year: 1988

Duration (in minutes): 9'30"

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: flute quartet, small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players, woodwind ensemble, woodwind quartet

Instruments: alto flute, flute, piccolo

Publisher: American Composers Alliance

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Description: Flocks, for flute quartet, was inspired by the annual migration of flocks of birds from their summer home in the North to their winter home in the South. The piece is loosely programmatic, beginning with the first restless urges of some, then even the most reluctant birds, to leave their northern home, through their joyful flight south -- often flying in parallel or similar motion --, to the sighting of their southern home, and finally the quiet of sleep after the long journey. This work was commissioned by, and is dedicated to, the Powell Quartet.

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