Mood Swingin' (for two flutes & piano with optional bass). By Liesa Norman. For 2 flutes, piano, [bass]. 7 + 3 pages. Published by Falls House Press (PR.FPLN2).
Liesa Norman, one half of the innovative duo Forbidden Flutes, wrote this jazz-inspired classical crossover work for their 2008 recording Take the L Train. Mood Swingin' is a moving and listenable addition to any flute recital, with a flexible format which allows it to be played by two flutes with a full rhythm section or simply by two flutes and piano. As a result, it could be played anywhere from an intimate jazz club to a formal concert hall. Mood Swingin' represents the composer's own broad range of personal expressiveness. Like the ever-changing artists' moods, this piece is at once sultry, syncopated, and synergetic. Mood Swingin' also serves as an excellent teaching tool for both student and professional flutists who want to develop their improvisation skills and jazz sensibilities. For intermediate to advanced players.