Cambria Master Recordings (2009)
This CD was recently evaluated by me and I believe it is one of the best soloist performances of film music in recent years. Louise DiTullio's flute playing is flawless and the choice of film music is outstanding, especially the suite from HOOK, arranged by Mark Watters. Also, the selections arranged by Ronald Royer make for very enjoyable listening. Because of its excellence I am designating this CD as Editor's Choice, Best of the Month. It fully deserves any accolades it might receive. - Roger Hall, Film Music Review, November 2010
1-3. Suite from HookâJohn Williams, arr. for Flute and Chamber Orchestra by Mark Watters
4-5. Suite from Dances with WolvesâJohn Barry, arr. for Flute & String Orchestra by Ronald Royer
6-7. Themes from Charlotteâs WebâDanny Elfman, arr. for Flute & Chamber Orchestra by Ronald Royer
8. Theme from Sleeping with the EnemyâJerry Goldsmith, arr. for Flute and Chamber Orchestra by Ronald Royer
9. The Piper at the Gates of DawnâLaurence Rosenthal, for unaccompanied Flute
10-13. Short StoriesâRonald Royer, for Flutes, Harp, Percussion & String Orchestra
14-16. Le Papillon (The Butterfly) â David Rose, arr. For Flute and Chamber Orchestra by Ronald Royer
17. Theme from RudyâJerry Goldsmith, arr. for Flute & Chamber Orchestra by Ronald Royer
Ronald Royer â Short Stories for Flutes, Harp, Percussion & String Orchestra
Sirenâs Song, for Alto Flute (4:07)
Rather Blue, for Bass Flute (3:23)
The Chase, for Flute (2:55)
Childâs Play, for Piccolo (3:24)
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.
A Note by Ronald Royer on the Hollywood Flute Recording
It was a true pleasure to be able to create this recording with my aunt, Louise DiTullio. I grew up hearing Louise, my pianist mother Virginia DiTullio Royer, and my cellist grandfather, Joseph DiTullio rehearsing and performing. These and other family members inspired me to become a musician. It was wonderful to be able to work with Louise, first as a cellist and later as a composer and conductor. This recording is a special part of that collaboration.
It was my honor and pleasure to be able to arrange and conduct the music of a group of great film composers. Finally, I appreciated co-producing this recording with my friend, Dr. Jeannie Pool, another person I have great respect for.