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 Hook—John Williams, arr. for Flute and Chamber Orchestra by Mark Watters
4-5. Suite from Dances with Wolves—John Barry, arr. for Flute & String Orchestra by Ronald Royer
6-7. Themes from Charlotte’s Web—Danny Elfman, arr. for Flute & Chamber Orchestra by Ronald Royer
8. Theme from Sleeping with the Enemy—Jerry Goldsmith, arr. for Flute and Chamber Orchestra by Ronald Royer
9. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn—Laurence Rosenthal, for unaccompanied Flute
10-13. Short Stories—Ronald Royer, for Flutes, Harp, Percussion & String Orchestra
14-16. Le Papillon (The Butterfly) – David Rose, arr. For Flute and Chamber Orchestra by Ronald Royer
17. Theme from Rudy—Jerry Goldsmith, arr. for Flute & Chamber Orchestra by Ronald Royer
Introduction by Louise DiTullio
This recording fulfills my own personal goals to revisit and record some of the solos I have played in films over my long career as well as concert music written for me by celebrated film composers. I have had long-standing professional relationships with all of the composers on this disc over several decades, having played on more than 1,200 movies, many of them scored by these composers. Le Papillon was written for me by David Rose in 1980 and I played its premiere in the same year. It has been my wish ever since to help secure a place for it in the flute repertoire with a recording.
Born in Los Angeles, the progeny of two wonderful, highly respected musical families, I grew up as a musician with the support, encouragement and advice of my father, several uncles and cousins, all busy, working professionals. My father, cellist, Joseph DiTullio, my sister, pianist Virginia DiTullio Royer, and I performed for many years as the DiTullio Trio. Living in Los Angeles, I have had the opportunity to pursue simultaneous careers in recording as well as all facets of classical music.
Words can never express my gratitude to John Williams, John Barry, Danny Elfman, Laurence Rosenthal, and posthumously, Jerry Goldsmith and David Rose, for the honor of playing in their orchestras for literally decades. Their music has filled me with joy and provides an outlet for music-making of an entirely different kind. Although I love playing classical music, playing movie music of the quality that they produce completes a musical circle for me that I value beyond measure. I thank them for allowing me to adapt and include their music in this presentation. Thank you to David Rose Publishing for commissioning the reduced orchestration of Le Papillon to make this recording possible, and for permission to make this first recording of the work. Thanks also to Larry Rosenthal for his permission to make the first recording of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Special thanks to composer Mark Watters for his remarkable adaptation and orchestration of the music to Hook. And finally, special recognition and thanks to my nephew, Ronald Royer, for composing Short Stories for this CD, arranging the movie music and Le Papillon, conducting the recording sessions, and taking care of a myriad of details as the project’s co-producer. It is largely due to his efforts that this CD was conceived and became a reality.
Finally, now that it is complete, there is the realization and satisfaction that there is more than an hours’ worth of new repertoire for the flute. It is at once beautiful, challenging, fun, and musically rewarding. I take great satisfaction in sharing this music as a legacy to future flutists. May they enjoy playing it as much as I.
–Louise Di Tullio, August, 2009
Ronald Royer – Short Stories for Flutes, Harp, Percussion & String Orchestra
Siren’s Song, for Alto Flute (4:07)
Rather Blue, for Bass Flute (3:23)
The Chase, for Flute (2:55)
Child’s 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.