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Argoru III

for flute

By Alvin Singleton

For flute. Composed by Alvin Singleton. Sheet music. Edition Schott. Classical. Composed 1971. 6 pages. Duration 5'. Schott Music #EA 694. Published by Schott Music (HL.49012743).

Item Number: HL.49012743

ISBN 9790600022663. 9x12 inches.

Argoru III (1971) for flute is the third in a series of eight solo works for various instruments, the term argoru being a word from the Ghanaian Twi language meaning to play (itself a pun). The work is in one short movement. Quicksilver runs and leaps alternate with cantabile moments like light falling through trees in a forest. The work at times seems to sound as if the flutist herself were creating the piece in a moment of inspired improvisation. The composer in fact says his intention was to 'create a virtuosic tribute to a great flutist, allowing the piece to sound like her own personal statement.' To play 'Argoru' with proper joy and abandon requires a flutist of great virtuosity. Such a player is Sara Vargas-Barritt for whom Mr. Singleton composed 'Argoru III' and who premiered it on 24 May 1971 in Sprague Memorial Hall, New Haven, Connecticut, where the two were fellow Yale graduates.- Carman Moore.

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  • October 02, 2019 Classic flute solo from the 70s

    This piece needs to be played more. Classic Alvin Singleton.

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