(12:00) Metal flute, crystal flute, clay flute, wood flute, metal tapping bowls, crystal tapping bowls, clay tapping bowls, wood tapping bowls. Copyright Fee: Score. Music Copyright 1995, Brent Michael Davids.


flute land features different kinds of flutes -- of metal, wood, clay and crystal -- just as there are many different kinds of people in the world. While each flute sings from their particular place, a percussion group of tapping bowls, also of metal, wood, clay and crystal, move around the hall. In "Flute Land," each distinctive flute sings with a power that speaks to the unity of their diversity. Each flute does not copy the attributes of the others musically, but speaks with its own unique musical vocabulary. However, while individually unique, they do influence and shape each other in the musical process. Evoking water, the metal flute becomes the sap running through the trees. Evoking trees, the wood flute becomes the covering over the land. Evoking land, the clay flute becomes dust in the air. And evoking air, the crystal flute holds water in clouds. The unity of "Flute Land," as music and meaning, does not come from seeing everyone as children of oneness, but from celebrating our most remarkable differences in exceptional ways.


"Flute Land" was commissioned by the Central Arizona Chapter American Guild of Organists, and was premiered by the composer and ensemble at the Western Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists, Phoenix, AZ, in 1995.