Georges Barrère, the founder of the New York Flute Club, was a staunch supporter of new music -- although he never actually commissioned a piece. Nevertheless, he premiered more than 150 works, many of them at the Flute Club, and the Club's concerts have often been the venue for premieres of new pieces. In 1948, the Club sponsored a composition competition, which was won by Eldin Burton for his Sonatina. In that tradition, the club has from time to time commissioned leading composers to write new works for flute.
In 1986, for the New York convention of the National Flute Association, the Club joined with the Long Island Flute Club to commission flute ensemble works from two prominent New York flutist-composers:
- Elizabeth Brown's Alabama Panorama is scored for is scored for six C flutes and two alto flutes. It is published by Quetzal Music and is available for $20 plus $5 shipping and handling from the composer: Elizabeth Brown, 226 14th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215; phone and FAX (718) 768-5103; e-mail: email@example.com
- Katherine Hoover's Three For Eight, op. 50 is scored for eight flutes and is published by Papagena Press, Box 20484, Park West Station, New York, NY 10025; Phone: (212) 749-3012; Fax: (212) 316-2235.