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I Want to See You in the Summer

by Thomas Little

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I happened across Savannah Brown’s poem “I Want to See You in the Summer” by sheer happenstance (read: likely procrastinating on homework), and I felt that it possessed a poignant lyricism and an unusual mood I can only describe as a kind of nostalgia for the future. I immediately knew that I wanted to capture such a mood in a piece, and the opportunity to write for the UNCSA Flute Ensemble provided the perfect timbre.

For the piece’s content, I took the original poem and created melodies informed by the poetic meter, then scattered this melodic material around the flute ensemble. After this melody was fully constructed, I went back over the entire piece and added harmony and counterpoint, reorchestrating some passages as needed to maximize the admittedly small variety of tone color inherent in an ensemble of flutes.


released May 9, 2017
Special thanks to the professors behind the piece, Dr. Rothkopf and Dr. Coelho.

Enormous gratitude to my performers: Theresa, Dayna, Sarah, Savannah, Kirkland, Danica, Claire, Sarah, Catherine, and Donavan (and Sami, who did not perform, but let me conduct one of the rehearsals).

Finally, a heartfelt thanks to Savannah Brown for her original poem of the same name.


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Thomas Little North Carolina

Composer and pianist originally from North Carolina. YouTube's “Classical Nerd.” Getting his PhD in Composition at the University at Buffalo. Occasional mushroom hunter.

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