We invite you to read about the various kinds of commendation and validation that our company has recently received.

We are pleased to announce that three of our compositions were recognized by the National Flute Association (NFA) in its 2016 Newly Published Music Competition. The NFA, with more than 5000 members is the world’s largest organization of flutists, holds a yearly competition that recognizes publishers of new compositions for the flute. Its panel of judges considers both the quality of the publication as well as the quality of the musical content.

“Lu,” by Chilean composer composer Boris Alvarado (and published by Cayambis Music Press) was declared the winner in the category of solo music for flute. Peruvian composer Sadiel Cuentas’s piece, “Electrocanon,” (also published by Cayambis Music Press) was a finalist in the same category. A piece by Brazilian composer Edson Beltrami, “Variations for Flute Trio,” was selected as a finalist in the category of chamber music for flutes. Cayambis Music Press publishes a large number of Edson’s instrumental works.

“Reviews,” The Clarinet 43, no. 2 (March 2016): 64-65.

Antonio Gervasoni. The Garden of the Shadows
for wind octet. Cayambis Music Press, 2013. Score and parts $36.90 Duration: 8’30”

Focused on promotion Latin American chamber music, Cayambis Music Press offers several works by Peruvian composer Antonio Gervasoni. He is professor of music composition for film at the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas in Lima.

Gervasoni’s four-movement octet for two flutes, two oboes (second oboe doubles on English horn), two clarinets and two bassoons was inspired by two works from English literature, H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine and Robert Graves’ I, Claudius. Each brief movement in the octet effectively portrays a mood. The first movement, “The Garden,” is somber, legato and in slow tempo. Gervasoni uses each instrument in a comfortable register and sensitively blends their colors. “The Hunt” emphasizes staccato rhythmic pulse in fast tempo. Simple meter changes keep the thrill in the hunt. “The Adoration of the Black Moon” is languorous at its outset with a streamlined texture of just one flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon. The English horn is added and then goes mute again. The concluding movement, “The Feast,” recalls the motoric orientation of “The Hunt” but is far richer in variety of meter--a conductor would be a great aid.

Gervasoni’s harmonic style is moderately dissonant and his score is nuanced with regard to dynamic markings and articulations. This is a moderately difficult work within reach of college-level chamber ensembles.

--Gregory Barrett

On January 23, 2016 we were notified that fifteen pieces for flute were selected for inclusion on the VBODA (Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association) solo and ensemble list.