by Bruce Stark
flute and piano, approx. 6 minutes
(score 10 pages, part 3 pages)
Serenade To A Son was recorded by Kaori Fujii and Bruce Stark on Aria, Ms. Fujii's release from Victor Entertainment in 2000 (VICC-60193). Since then the flute/piano duo of Kaori Fujii and Yuko Fujii has given numerous performances of the work in recitals throughout Japan. It has also been performed by flutist Shigenori Kudo and others.
Serenade To A Son (2000), written to celebrate the birth of my son, was composed for a recording featuring my arrangements of the music of J.S. Bach by flutist Kaori Fujii. The harmonic motion of the piece is based in part on the harmonies of Bach's Prelude No. 1 from The Well-Tempered Clavier Vol 1, better known in its role as the accompaniment to Gounod's Ave Maria. The reference to Bach is subtle, but to listeners familiar with the prelude a recognizable one. As a programming suggestion, the pairing of Gounod's Ave Maria and Serenade To A Son is also effective, as the listener can hear ways in which Bach's original harmonies have been enriched and the original arpeggio texture developed.
- Bruce Stark