Last modified 6 July 2015

(Solo Flute)

by Roger Reynolds

Ambages was written for flutist Karen Reynolds during a 1965 residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Italy. As the title suggests ("circuitous paths"), I was concerned with impermanence, tenuous states of balance, the ambiguity in a note (or  phrase) falling or rising to a further level after the expectation of such a change has been lulled. Harvey Sollberger has written that "operative overall [in this work] is a musical logic quite different from that which constrains most Western musical discourse, a logic of mood or impulse akin to that of a dream – or, on a smaller scale, that of a word which by its sound and meaning can set us dreaming." Ambages was premiered by Reynolds at the Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio during the Fall of 1965.

– Roger Reynolds