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Allan Gilliland

Allan Gilliland

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Subtitle: Jazz Concerto for Flute and Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 18:00
Difficulty: V+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Allan Gilliland
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. Choroque - 5:35
2. Bhairav - 6:10
3. Feadog - 5:30


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Program Notes

This work was commissioned by Dr. Dennis Prime in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Cantando Festivals. From the start Dennis wanted to feature a faculty alumni big band from MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, as well as internationally renowned flutist Jim Walker. At first, I couldn’t think of a worse combination of solo instrument and ensemble until I started to explore Jim’s work with his fusion group Free Flight. Then I started to realize that a flute soloing with a big band could actually work. As I started to research the flute in jazz and world music the idea of “flutes of the world” came to me. I thought it would be interesting if each movement reflected a different place in the world where the flute has been influential. I decided my three locations would be South America, India and Ireland.

Movement I is subtitled Choroque (a combination of the word Choro and Baroque) as it explores the world of Latin American Choro music but to me also sounds at times like a Baroque concerto. Movement II is inspired by Indian music and is written on the Indian rag Bhairav, which is also the subtitle of the movement. The final movement is inspired by the infectious world of Celtic music. The subtitle is feadog, which is the Gaelic name for the tin whistle.

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State Ratings

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  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles) Thornton Concert Winds (Sharon Lavery, conductor; Jim Walker, flute) - 29 October 2021*North American Wind Ensemble Premiere Performance*
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles) Thornton Wind Ensemble (H. Robert Reynolds, conductor; Jim Walker, flute) – 3 April 2020 (performance scheduled, but concert canceled)

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