for flute and violin (beginner) or bassoon (beginner)
in three interchangeable movements
1. Porch time (ca. 3')
2. Nap time (ca. 1'30")
3. Park time (ca. 1')
Writing for beginner musicians is a lot harder than one might think. Recalibrating one’s years of study of experienced and virtuosic technique takes some getting used to, especially having to consider every note, every phrase, and whether they test the abilities of the performer beyond what they’d be willing to casually
But it was a challenge I was thrilled to tackle when Brian Lips, a long-haul trucker based in the U.S. midwest with a passion for classical music, commissioned me to write something for him and his stepson to explore together. Brian at the time was a novice violinist, and Braden a beginner flautist with a keen interest in all aspects of music, including composition. Indeed, a long diatonic melody that he provided me with furnished the foundation of all three of the movements of the suite, titled Sean Time for Brian's toddler son.
These pieces are intended to be played in whatever order the performers like, or individually.