Short Stories, for Flutes (1 Player), Harp, Percussion and String Orchestra

Short Stories, for Flutes (1 Player), Harp, Percussion and String Orchestra


  • Flutes (1 Player), Harp, Percussion and String Orchestra (2008)
  • Flutes and Piano (2008)


Technical Information

Duration – 13:30

A) Short Stories for Flutes (1 Player), Harp, Percussion and String Orchestra (2008)

  1. Siren’s Song for Alto Flute – 4:00
  2. Rather Blue for Bass Flute (or Flute) – 3:20
  3. The Chase for Flute – 2:50
  4. Child’s Play for Piccolo – 3:20

B) Short Stories for Flutes and Piano (2008)

Program Notes

Commissioned by Louise DiTullio for The Hollywood Flute CD Recording and Concerts, Short Stories was composed to showcase the varied tone colors and techniques of the alto flute, bass flute, flute and piccolo. During her career as a free-lance musician in the studios of Los Angeles, Louise has regularly been asked to play these four unique instruments. As well, Short Stories was designed to connect with the style and programmatic content of the film music theme of The Hollywood Flute project.

Siren’s Song for alto flute was inspired by the many great scores for Film Noir movies. The composer felt the hauntingly beautiful sound of the alto flute was a perfect fit for the classic femme fatale character of this genre.

Rather Blue for bass flute was inspired by blues and jazz; two musical idioms commonly found in film music. While the bass flute can be found in jazzy scores by composers like Henry Mancini, it is unusual to find the instrument playing quite so many notes as found in this challenging piece.

While the solo flute is usually not the featured instrument heard during dramatic chase scenes, The Chase was composed to demonstrate that the flute can play with the flair and virtuosity needed to create the tension required for effective ‘chase’ music. Imagine a scene featuring a chase on foot through the narrow streets of a crowded city.

Child’s Play for piccolo was inspired by the qualities of magical imagination and youthful enthusiasm commonly found in music associated with children in film. Louise specifically requested that the movement for piccolo feature the less commonly used melodic aspect of the piccolo as well as the typical virtuosic side of the instrument.

Short Stories was commissioned for the Hollywood Flute recording by Louise DiTullio


Louise DiTullio performing “Rather Blue” with the bass flute with the Niagara Symphony


Royer’s “Short Stories cleverly showcases the range of DiTullio’s dexterity. Its four movements feature the entire flute family, and she appears to be perfectly at ease on each instrument. In Siren Song, the alto flute recalls dusky-voiced femmes fatales in the film noir genre. In Rather Blue, scored for bass flute, punchy articulation and jazzy glissandi appropriately depict the movement’s title. The Chase draws on the flute’s agility with virtuosic tonguing and finger technique. Child’s Play explores the sweeter side of the piccolo, offering a welcome alternative to its customary brilliance.” - Journal of the Society for American Music (2010) Volume 4, Number 4, pp. 536–537- Leonard L. Garrison Read More Read More
“Royer...contributed a four-movement composition, Short Stories, one each for piccolo, concert, alto and bass flutes. In these the orchestration is masterful and the writing for all four solo instruments is fluent and idiomatic.” -WholeNote Magazine, Allan Pulker Read More Read More
“The thirteen-minute Short Stories by conductor Ronald Royer is a sort of homage to great film music styles and composers from film noir to Mancini. It a rather unique work in that each movement uses a flute from a different register allowing for a quick exploration of the virtuosic abilities on each. The alto flute, bass flute, C flute (regular flute), and piccolo each get their own movement.” - American Music, Steven A. Kennedy, September 19, 2010 Read More Read More
Louise DiTullio performing “Child’s Play” with the piccolo with the Niagara Symphony