Digging Deeper



Explore a selection of available works by composer Flint Juventino Beppe.



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«Flute Mystery» Op.66b. Aside from being the album title of the Grammy-nominated SACD & Blu-ray production Flute Mystery, this is also an independent symphonic poem for flute and orchestra. It is a melodious piece; at the same time appealing and complex, with many hidden layers. The work is dedicated the flutist Sir James Galway, and had its world premiere at the Kennedy Center (Washington) in 2006, conducted by Leonard Slatkin. On the recording in question, the work is performed by Emily and Catherine Beynon and the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy.




«Reminiscence» Op.70 No.2 is a tranquil piece for flute and strings, and is also available on the album Flute Mystery. This is movement No.2 from «Flute Concerto No.1» Op.70.







«Theh Goldest» Op.27 is a five-movement symphonic poem for symphony orchestra.









«Awakening» Op.70 No.4 features the rarely used instrument glass harmonica. This is movement No.4 from the «Flute Concerto No.1» Op.70.
 






— «Pastorale» Op.32 No.1 is an apparently bright and care-free composition which only after a while begins to worry us – this is due to the elegant use of bitonality which gives the piece a veritable Janus face. We are treated to another example of Beppe´s compositional ambiguity – one of the principal elements of his music – in a work which is open to interpretation in any direction. The home key is F, constantly "undermined" by C sharp minor and D flat major tonalities.
Wolfgang Plagge, professor






«Heart» Op.27 No.5 is written for tubular bells and strings. It is a free-standing element from the symphonic poem «Theh Goldest» Op. 27. It is a lyric piece and has previously been used in ballet choreography. The work had its UK premiere in 2009, performed by Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy.






«Not Really Gone» Op.37 No.4 has an ethereal and delicate radiance. It is a part of the symphonic poem «About my Grandfather» Op.37 - written in memory of the composer´s grandfather who was a semi-professional athlete.












«The Deal» Op.19 is a synthesizer and percussion work with a lot of dreamlike, melodious sequences.









«Waltz of the Queen» Op.4a is a rather modest, repetitive solo-piano piece, displaying lyrical harmonies. Additionally, this work is used in the films Montagna con Forza and Vicino alla Montagna.
 














— Beppe's tone-poem «Warning Zero» Op.54b is another example of his ability to paint sounds with energy. The brass are responsible for an almost apocalyptic assault on the listener – there is something threatening and inevitable about the music; even in the brighter woodwind passages the music does not rest, wandering in search of lost calm.
Wolfgang Plagge, professor


 




— Flint Juventino Beppe as pictorial artist is also abundantly present in his music – «Vicino alla Montagna» Op.58 is music to a film with the same title. Beppe paints landscape panoramas with a steady, sure hand. And, from his point of view as a film maker, he seeks long lines in the artistic discourse – like Richard Strauss in his Alpensinfonie he uses the entire expressive register of the orchestra to describe the magnificent peaks in all their inward and outward facets. Unlike Strauss, however, Bepps's portrayal is darker and more stringent: we are certainly not in the Alps, rather in the weatherbeaten mountains of northern Norway where nature, not man, decides.
Wolfgang Plagge, professor







— Then four beams struck through the atmosphere and hit Hedmark in different places, and they manifested themselves as the «Four Elements From Hedmark».






«Remote Galaxy» Op.81 is the name of a one-movement symphonic poem, featuring rare instruments including viola da gamba, glass harmonica and tubular bells. 

In this galaxy, we encounter «The Little, Strange Army» and Amanda, the Queen of Galaxy.





«Tightrope walking beneath heaven» Op.32 No.8 — There is only one path to take (a single false step and it's all over) so discussions of which route might be best are superfluous and irrelevant. In other words, we have once again arrived at the very core of Beppe's music, but have approached it from a new direction and see if from a new angle.
Wolfgang Plagge, professor













«Distant Words» Op.43b — The extreme range of the clarinet is given a virtuosic but at the same time restrained, almost ascetic, solo part. Light and vitality permeate the whole piece – the composer hints at a sense of euphoria over the presence of the girl, but at the same time the listener feels a hesitant tenderness, a distance of Schubertian proportions.
Wolfgang Plagge, professor



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