Music
Garth Baxter is noted as a modern traditionalist composer. This is a style that combines the traditions of form and clear melodic writing with the use of contemporary approaches to harmonies and other elements. He has composed works for various performance mediums, ranging from intimate solo and small group settings to larger ensembles such as orchestra and concert band. His compositions have been performed around the world.

Flute Compositions

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Variations on the Willow Tree

Lower intermediate level, ALRY, See publisher for price. For flute or alto flute.

This is a set of four variations on the beautiful, but little known English folk song. The work begins and ends with a statement of the actual folk song melody. The Willow Tree is a tragic song of lost love. The last verse reads:

  • I once had gold and silver, I thought them without end,
  • I once had gold and silver, I thought I had a true friend.
  • My wealth is lost, my friend is false, my love hath he stolen from me,
  • While here I lie alone to die beneath the willow tree.

A Touch O'Carolan YouTube

6 minutes, intermediate. ALRY, CD $5.

A medley of four tunes of various styles, by the Eighteenth Century Irish harpist Turlough Carolan, freely arranged for flute and guitar.

The tunes are:

  • Blind Mary

  • Carolan's Concerto

  • Sheebeg and Sheemore

  • Carolan's Draught

A fun piece of traditional Irish "folk music" with just a hint of Baroque influence. The songs were arranged from the original melodies, which were written without any harmonies. Mr. Baxter added the harmonies, counterpoint and ornamentation while trying to keep as close as possible to the original melodies. The melodies are spread between the two instruments.

This work has received high praise from Flutar, one of the premier flute and guitar duos in the world.

Moszkowski - Three Spanish Dances

Arranged for Flute and Guitar.

9 Minutes, intermediate to upper intermediate. Mel Bay Publications availible in 2006.

Three light, melodic dances from the Opus 12 dances for piano by the German composer (1854-1924).

Tchaikovsky - June

Arranged for Flute and Guitar.

4 minutes Intermediate ALRY Publications.

This is an arrangement June from The Seasons (sometimes called The Months) for Piano by Tchaikovsky.

La Nostalgie YouTube

3 and one-half minutes, lower intermediate level. ALRY Publications. (Check with the publisher for the price.) CD $5.

La Nostalgie is a simple tune based on two Jewish folk songs (Tumbalalyka and Dundai). Although the original folk songs are generally played rather fast, the mood portrayed here is one of sadness and nostalgia. To achieve that mood, La Nostalgie should not be played too quickly. This is a light piece that is perfect for student performers, but there is enough depth here to interest professionals as well.

The Silver Run YouTube

9 minutes, upper intermediate level, ALRY Publications. CD $5 (available late fall, 2003)

The Silver Run is a two-movement work in the neo-romantic style. The first movement, in ternary form, begins with a lyrical chromatic melody that is the centerpiece of this movement. The middle section develops a transitional motive from the first section. The second movement, also in ternary form, is rather upbeat. The first of the two primary themes is lyrical, but active. The second is more rhythmic and chromatic. This is a substantial and fun composition that is sure to be a hit at recitals.

Une Belle Fleur for flute and guitar

Commissioned by the Friedman-Wysong Duo.

5 minutes, upper intermediate level

Romantic piece featuring two main melodies. The flute and guitar are equal partners.

April Twilight SoundCloud

For Soprano, Flute and Piano

4 minutes.

The lyrics for this song come from a poem by Willa Cather that she dedicated to two of her brothers in remembrance of the times when they played together as children.

When Lights Begin to Show (Flute, Clarinet and Guitar) YouTube

5 minutes

Written for the marriage of Amit and Rajni.