Goldfish Songs for solo flute/alto flute


Goldfish Songs is a four-movement work for solo flute about a select variety of fancy goldfish including Pearlscale, Celestial, Ryukin, and Lionhead, which may be performed with Flute or Alto Flute.

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I.    Pearlscale: A flash in the sunlight
The Pearlscale Goldfish is a variety characterized by pearl‐like nodules on the surface of its scales. As he swims, his scales pick up reflections of sunlight, creating a creature that shines and shimmers like a jewel under the water.

II.   Celestial: Looking heavenward…
The Celestial Goldfish has a very unique feature—its eyes are positioned atop its head.  This gives this goldfish the look of praying, or looking towards the heavens.  This prayer-like quality is reflected in the ghostly harmonics played by the flute in this movement.

III.    Ryukin: “Bela”*
The Ryukin is an extremely agile goldfish variety. Its stout belly and well‐formed fins make it an excellent swimmer, and this movement is fast and furious like these little swimmers.

IV.   Lionhead: The Gentle Giant
The Lionhead is known as the “puppy‐dog” of goldfish; this slow moving giant is infamous for becoming tame enough to eat out of your hand.  In this movement for alto flute the Lionhead swims gently through the water, singing a peaceful song.*Performed by Greg Milliren.  On the CD Songs of California: Music for Winds and Piano

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