2008, Sonatine de Giverny was being performed so frequently that I
decided to write another piccolo piece as soon as an opportunity arose. Since Giverny
is a study in French style, I knew the new piece must be in my own authentic
American voice. That summer, Giverny was performed six times at the NFA
convention as a mandatory competition piece, and I returned from the August 2008
convention all charged up to write something different for piccolo.
September, Kate Prestia-Schaub wrote to tell me about the International Piccolo
Symposium's new composer competition. She proposed that if I write a new
piccolo/piano piece, she would record a demo for me to submit to the
competition, and she would submit applications to perform it at the 2009 IPS
convention and NFA convention. What amazing timing! I set out to compose a
flashy showpiece with a jazzy snap, lots of idiomatic scales and arpeggios, and
a scary middle section, and by mid-October FLASH! was complete.
followed suit and all 3 wishes came true - FLASH! won first prize in the IPS
composer competition, and she performed it both there and at NFA. In the
meantime many other piccoloists have added the work to their repertoire, Cynthia
Ellis wrote an article about it for Flute Talk magazine, and Walfrid Kujala
commissioned a band accompaniment to premiere at NFA in 2010.
More recently, Sarah Jackson has commissioned an orchestra version, premiered at the 2014 NFA convention.
Kujala and Daniel Dorff
following the world premiere of the band version