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Good afternoon class, today I will be talking about my ensemble piece three dances for two flutes by Gary

Schocker. Gary Schocker is an accomplished musician who plays flute and piano and composes many works. At age 15, he made his professional debut when he performed as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has won numerous competitions including the Young Concert Artists, the National Flute Association, the NY Flute Club and the EastWest Artists. Often, he performs in duo with guitarist Jason Vieaux. Internationally, he has toured and taught in Colombia, Panama, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Japan, Germany, France and Italy. Schocker has composed sonatas and chamber music for most instruments of the orchestra. He also has written several musicals, including Far From the Madding Crowd and The Awakening, which can be heard on Original Cast Recordings. Both shows were winners of the Global Search for New Musicals in the UK and were performed in Cardiff and at the Edinburgh Festival, as well as in New Zealand. In New York, they were winners of the ASCAP music theatre awards. Schocker has won the International Clarinet Association's annual composition competition twice and the National Flute Association's annual Newly Published Music Award numerous times. Among artists who have played his compositions, James Galway gave the American premier of Green Places with the New Jersey Symphony. In 2008 Schocker was commissioned to write the required piece "Biwako Wind" for the International Flute Competition in Japan for which he also served as an educator. Gary has private flute studios in NYC and Easton, PA where he resides. He is on the faculty at NYU. He performs on both platinum and boxwood flutes. Three dances for two flutes consists of two flutes and piano, the second flute either acts as the countermelody or plays in harmony with the first flute throughout the whole excerpt. The piano acts as the bass line usually playing ostinatos or repetitive sequences. The piece contains 3 contrasting movements with the first one being easy going, second being moody and last being energetic. The second movement starts with an ostinato by the piano. Monophonic texture, imitation and call and response used frequently between the two flutes. ternary form. Mellow and echoing. Slow steady 4/4 beat. Plays in harmony between the two flutes. A minor key. Add vibrato and use of rubato. Smooth and plays in harmony between the flute Third movement starts with piano, allegretto, shrill, piercing. Flutter tongues. 2/4 play in harmony while piano has bass part