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Mimi Stillman has posted a video of a short piece for solo flute called Quarantunes. Composed by the flutist/composer Stillman calls “my friend Ricky Lombardo,” its hints of blues and American rural music make it a very American-sounding piece.
Stillman’s Dolce Suono Ensemble has 95 videos on YouTube from the last few years. Most of them were shot during live performances. If you’re looking for something that will give you a lift, try the allegro from Jacques Ibert's wind quintet, which Dolce Suono presented in December. I sent the link to some friends when Stillman posted it earlier this month and got several thank-yous.
The other videos cover a broad range of chamber music. Stillman is a master flutist with a knack for attracting first-class partners. A chamber music performance is a small example of us at our best—dedicated, highly skilled human beings voluntarily working together as they create a work of art.
Sometimes it even makes you smile.
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