David Yeagley
Awakenings: New Music for Native American Flute


James Pellerite, Native American Flute

Track Listing

1. Light Walk
2. Lost Dawn
3. Leaves Floating (On a Slow Stream)
4. Far Call
5. Rock Echoes
6. Little Stones
7. Young Eagle Flies
8. Spirits Dance
9. Talking Clouds
10. Ishatai

Sonata No. 1
for Northern Plains Indian Flute

11. I. Moderato e cantante
12. II. Allegretto, Giocoso
13. III. Minuetto: Maestoso
14. IV. Vivamente e con brio

All music composed by David Yeagley

James J. Pellerite, is well-known as an orchestral musician. He succeeded his renowned teacher, William Kincaid, as solo flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has held the position of principal flute also with the symphony orchestras of Detroit and Indianpolis and performed with orchestras of Chautauqua (NY), Radio City Music Hall (NYC), L’Orquestra Sinfonica de Puerto Rico, as well, the San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra. His performances have included those under such eminent conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Pablo Casals, Neville Mariner, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Eugene Ormandy, Leopold Stokowski and Igor Stravinsky.

Since leaving academia, Mr. Pellerite has pursued a new career — performing contemporary music on the Native American flute. His publishing company, JP-PUBLICATIONS, well established as a leader in the field of contemporary flute literature, has commissioned works by American composers for the Native flute. These beautiful compositions by an impressive roster of outstanding musicians feature the Native flute in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings. His unusual lecture/recitals are noted for their diversity with the performances of this repertoire presented as fresh, cross-cultural musical events. The programs consist of works for varied combinations to include the Native flute with strings, piano, harpsichord, modern flute, guitar, percussion or voices. Having explored new pathways for the creation of contemporary music for this instrument, Pellerite’s performances have proven to be a definite influence. His continual collaboration with composers has resulted also in a stretching of the musical boundaries with a distinctive development of the Native flute’s capacity.

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