Serenade & Burlesque
for Flute Ensemble or Wind Quintet
by Vaughan McAlley (2006, 2009)
of Serenade (wind quintet version)
Score of Serenade (flute ensemble version)
Score of Burlesque (flute ensemble only)
Serenade & Burlesque appear on Monologues & Dialogues, a CD by flautist Peter Sheridan, published by Move Records. Details, including a sample recording, can be found here (click on Serenade and Burlesque– the track listed as Serenade is not by me!).
Lisa-Maree Amos – C flutes
Peter Sheridan – alto flute, bass flute, contrabass flute
Serenade for wind quintet was composed in 2006 for the wedding of my friends Joel Gladman and Amanda Notini. In 2009 I arranged Serenade for flute ensemble and composed Burlesque as a companion piece. They were performed by the Monash University Flute Ensemble in September 2009, directed by Peter Sheridan. In 2011 Peter recorded both pieces on his CD Monologues & Dialogues. Both pieces have been broadcast by ABC Classic FM.
Serenade, being composed for a wedding, contains three canons between the clarinet and oboe (or second C flute and alto flute) that symbolise married people’s parallel courses through life. The title of Burlesque signifies that the piece is not serious (and especially not serious for a double-fugue!). The music showcases the different flutes’ versatility and agility.