Lowell Liebermann (1961-) completed the Sonata for Flute and Piano in 1987. In 1989, the National Flute Association voted it Best Newly Published Flute Work.
The Soliloquy (1992) once stood apart from Liebermann's flute works as the only piece for flute alone, a distinction no longer since the newly composed Eight Pices for Flute, Piccolo, Alto Flute or Bass Flute. Typically, in Liebermann's music for flute or piccolo, the piano serves as an equal and supportive partner with the flute. The Soliloquy, however, offers no such support and partnership and the flutist delivers her solo in appropriate solitude.
Bela Bartok (1881-1945) was deeply influenced by his work collecting and recording the folk music of Hungary and its surrounding areas. In this work he gently treats these melodies n a tasteful and colorful manner, utilizing his distinctive harmonic and instrumental language. The Suite Paysanne Hongroise was originally written for piano and later transcribed for flute and piano by Paul Arma.
Taktakishvili (1924-1987) was born in (Soviet) Georgia and his music is greatly influenced by the modality and folk music of the region. His Sonata for Flute and Piano shows these influences in its whimsical and poignant melodies.
Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959) lived the first 12 years of his life in the tower of St. James church in Policka, where his father, a cobbler, was keeper of the tower. The sound of the ringing tower bells, which were his constant companions in childhood, is evident in much of his music. He was also greatly influenced by music of the French, including Debussy and Roussel and had a great love for Czech and Moravian folk songs.