Eldin Burton (1913-1979)
Program note written by Jacob Farmer
I. Allegretto grazioso
II. Andantino sognando
III. Allegro giocoso
Approximate Performance Time:
Intermediate Advanced – appropriate for advanced high school students and college undergraduates
Sonatina for Flute and Piano: I. Allegretto grazioso. Perf. Amy Porter. YouTube. N.p., 12 Sep. 2008. Web. 27 Sep. 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG59Jr64AFc.
Sonatina for Flute and Piano: II. Andantino sognando. Perf. Amy Porter. YouTube. N.p., 12 Sep. 2008. Web. 27 Sep. 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReziSPhSsZI.
Sonatina for Flute and Piano: III. Allegro giocoso. Perf. Amy Porter. YouTube. N.p., 12 Sep. 2008. Web. 27 Sep. 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4jnHVn3AJI.
York, Molly. “Practice Guide: Eldin Burton’s “Sonatina”.” Flute Talk 07 2009: 16,19, 37. ProQuest. Web. 1 Oct. 2016 .
Eldin Burton was born in 1913 in Fitzgerald, Georgia. Even at an early age, Burton had high ambitions to be a composer along as a pianist. He took first steps towards his goal by enrolling at the Juilliard School of Music, then later at the Atlanta Conservatory. While at Juilliard, he composed Sonatina for Flute and Piano, adapted from a solo piano work, which won him a publishing contract with G. Schirmer Inc. While the piece is revered amongst flutists, Burton does not have any other published compositions. Burton retired in Florida and died in 1979.
Burton’s Sonatina for Flute and Piano was written in 1948, an arrangement from a previous solo piano work. The piece won the Composition Contest of the New York Flute Club that same year. Burton and Samuel Baron premiered the work for the competition and the first prize was a publishing award with Schirmer. The piece incorporates the entire flute range (including D4 in the last movement), extended techniques such as harmonics, and a 20th century modern harmonic structure.