Undercurrents was written during the spring of 2007 for Amy Porter, a longtime friend and inspirational musician. It is unaccompanied because I felt that this format would give Amy the greatest freedom of expression. The flute, as all of you know, has boundless technical possibilities resulting in a multitude of timbres, articulations, tempi and power. Also, it is one of those instruments that does not fatigue the ear. As a result, composers cherish the flute. Undercurrents is in a single movement with several sections that flow into one another and themes that reappear in different guises. It is a stream of consciousness with a purpose.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; Amy Porter, 2007
Redrunner Music (David Sampson)
YouTube, David Sampson - Undercurrents for Solo Flute, October 22, 2012; Amy Porter, flute
David Sampson (2007)
Total Running Time: 6:29