Gary Carpenter's Blue for Solo Flute.
The last unaccompanied monophonic instrumental piece I wrote was for Tuba and that was in my student days. I have avoided the medium ever since. Holly Melia's request for a solo piece consequently raised a number of issues for me: mainly fear and apprehension and how and where to start. Debussy's wonderful but intimidating essay in this genre didn't help. The unexpected impetus for starting Blue though was Holly's asking my lighting preference for the first performance. 'Blue' was my instinctive response and the more I thought about the colour blue, the more it seemed to me that this might be where the piece was headed.
The 'blues' it is not however. But it does glance at: the sea, the sky, Yves Klein, sadness, Fontana's Copia, Vishuddha, Alice, Picasso and more.
Blue lasts approximately 3'17".
A lighting plan is indicated in the score but is entirely optional.
Blue is written to be performed from memory.