Brush Strokes was commissioned by flutist James Brinkmann and is based on a series of nine paintings he completed. Each painting depicts a dancer in a different scene, each based on nature, in which the dancer’s shape and movement are influenced by the environment. Brush Strokes is comprised of nine miniatures, one for each painting. The music aims to capture the setting, mood, color, and movement of each painting, from the bright, joyful dance of “Sunlight” to the calm lullaby of “Moonlight” and everything in between.
This piece is most accessible to a flute with a C-sharp trill key, though possible to play without one. It is recommended that the paintings are projected with a performance. Paintings are included as downloadable files with either a paper copy or PDF purchase.