Day & Night: Modern Flute & Piano Duos by Women Composers

Kirstin Ihde (flute), Erin K. Murphy (piano)

Catalog #: TROY1829
Release Date: July 1, 2020
Format: Digital
Wind Ensemble

Flutist Erin Murphy and pianist Kirstin Ihde embarked on this recording project as doctoral candidates at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They chose works by Grier and Galbraith because they are both living American composers and works by French composers Boulanger, Tailleferre and Bonis in order to expand the diversity in programming repertoire as well as introducing new audiences to this music. Short miniatures juxtapose lengthier sonatas; darker, more introspective moods contrast with brighter and more energetic offerings in these six compositions. Erin frequently performs with orchestras, in chamber music collaborations, and as a soloist throughout the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Murphy is on the faculty at Oklahoma State University and her articles have been published in flute journals as well as the Journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music. Pianist Kirstin Ihde is on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. In addition to her extensive work as a collaborative pianist, she serves as pianist for the Interlochen Trumpet Institute.


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Track Listing

Title Composer Performer
Nocturne Lili Boulanger Erin K. Murphy (flute); Kirstin Ihde (piano)
Pastorale Germaine Tailleferre Erin K. Murphy (flute); Kirstin Ihde (piano)
Forlane Germaine Tailleferre Erin K. Murphy (flute); Kirstin Ihde (piano)
Sonata for flute and piano Mélanie Bonis Erin K. Murphy (flute); Kirstin Ihde (piano)
Sonata for flute and piano Lita Grier Erin K. Murphy (flute); Kirstin Ihde (piano)
Atacama Nancy Galbraith Erin K. Murphy (flute); Kirstin Ihde (piano)


  • "On this beautifully performed and masterfully engineered disc of 20th- and 21st-century works, flutist Erin Murphy and pianist Kirstin Ihde achieve their stated mission: to expand the list of recordings for flute and piano duo by women composers and expose new audiences to their works. The program runs the gamut from familiar early twentieth-century French composers Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) and Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983); to its centerpiece, a lush sonata by Mélanie Bonis (1858-1937); and finally, sonatas by two living American composers: Lita Grier (b. 1937) and Nancy Galbraith (b. 1951). The works juxtapose reflective and introspective moods with jazzy syncopations and dazzling virtuosity, the genesis of the CD's title."

    – IAWM Journal

  • "These selections were written between 1902 and 2001. Lita Grier's Sonata is the companion to the Eldin Burton Sonatina we never knew we'd been missing all along – that is, a delightful addition to our mid-20th Century Americana most characterized by Blitzstein, Copland, Foss, Harris, and Schuman. Although Nancy Galbraith (b 1951) uses extended playing techniques such as flutter tonguing, whistle tones, circular breathing, singing while playing, pitch bends, and air sounds, her piece is a very accessible and musical composition. Whether or not it evokes a Chilean desert to you, it has something to say worth hearing. Erin Murphy has a sound with lots of body. Her very vocal and relaxed approach to playing is maintained from the softest to the loudest moments. From the American Record Guide January/February 2021 135 keyboard, Kirstin Ihde sounds marvelous, is balanced well, and contributes much. "

    – American Record Guide

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