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Year of composition
Difficult (Grades 7+)
3 minutes
Modern classical music
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I have no idea where this piece came from. I wanted to write a scherzo for flute. I showed it to my prof on after 4 days of working on it, and he wanted it to be performed…even before he saw the piece in its entirety. (Maybe he was on crack or was desperately looking for student compositions to fill up the recital time). After 8 days of composing, here it is. Please give me some comments or feedback.

Sept. 25th - I've made a couple of changes to the flute part to make it more user-friendly. I found out that the piano part is fiendishly difficult.

Sept. 26th - Tayler's review is correct. The flute part is difficult as well. Funny enough, my flautist did amazingly well with the piece at the first rehearsal (both flute and piano did…more one than the other…the pianist didn't really look at the music)…so much that I cut the rehearsal down to 1 hr rather than 2 hrs. Nonetheless, both parts are difficult…but it can be done. Once again, I thank Tayler for his encouragement.

Sept. 29th - Yes, Sam. This IS the outcome of the dare. I knew I couldn't start it right away, but when I started it just…zoomed.

I have finally added a program to this piece. It's about how I view happiness. The 'A' section is a portrayal of the extroverted, social and flirtatious side of me. Section 'B' is all about how I usually grit my teeth when I appear to be happy…the harsh biting spiteful words that are unspoken…and there I am. Smiling…Gritting my teeth.

Oct. 4th - Dispite the tempo marking at 172, I do authorize the use of a slower tempo of somewhere between 152 - 160. If that is the case, the poco ritardando at mm.101 should be as minimal as possible. I've added a couple more things to the score…a couple of editing adjustments and a couple of ornaments for the piano. I have also decided to permit the pianist to add in a C major glissando, at his/her own discretion, at the end of the piece with the pedal down, starting on the treble A and all the way up to the top F.

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