IWU News Advisory
Contact Taylar Kuzniar, 309/556-3181
January 12, 2005
Event: Flute Makers and Composers
Illinois Wesleyan School of Music presents: Professor of Music William West playing
Date: Jan. 16 (Sunday)
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Westbrook Auditorium
Admission: Free and open to the public
Background: William West, professor of music, will play the traverso, an 18th century
flute, with accompaniment by Carol Churukian on the harpsichord and Nina Gordon, professor
of cello and chamber music, on the violoncello. As the program proceeds, West will
play a flute that was made by the composer of each piece.
Sonata in D Minor, opus 2, #2 by Michel Blavet (1700-1768)
Les Caquets, Gavotta-Moderato
For his opening piece, West will play a flute made by Thomas Lot (1708-1787). In a
review of historical documents it seems that nearly all of the important flutists
of the mid-18th century owned a Lot instrument. Michel Blavet, hailed as one of the
most famous flute virtuosos of the first half of the century, played a Lot flute,
which tonal quality is said by critics to be sweet and pleasantly textured, as well
as even and full throughout the instrument's range.
Partita #5 in E Minor by Johann Georg Tromlitz (1725-1805)
Menuetto con variazioni
West will honor Tromlitz, the composer of this selection, by playing a renowned Tromlitz
flute. Known for their outstanding intonation, copies of Tromlitz instruments are
popular among classical flute players and are said by fans to have an engaging, energetic
and smooth tone quality throughout the range of the instrument.
Suite in B Minor, opus 5, #4 by Jacques Martin Hotteterre (1674-1763)
Hotteterre has been said to have designed the French-style Baroque flute that West
will play for this piece. The Hotteterre flute was popular during the early 18th century
and was featured in the Paris Opera orchestra. It is said by critics to have a silky
tone quality and to reflect the flow of the spoken word.
Variationen ber die Arie “Ich schlief, da trumte mir” by Johann Joachim Quantz (1697-1773)
To conclude his performance, West will play a flute designed by Quantz. Quantz was
the favorite musician and tutor of Frederick the Great of Prussia. His flutes, which
differ greatly from other instruments made during his time period, are said by critics
to carry a serious and weighty tone quality.
Contact: For additional information, contact the IWU School of Music at (309) 556-3061.