solo alto flute (about 7 minutes)
Growing up in Northeast Ohio, I spent much time by the mighty Cuyahoga (meaning "crooked river"). My family spent many summer afternoons walking the nature trails by the waterfall at the Gorge, a Summit County park. Although I did not have the Cuyahoga in mind as I was composing the work, I titled the composition after its completion as a tribute to the waterway that gave my family relaxation. The Cuyahoga River became infamous as the river in Cleveland that caught fire in 1969, although that was not the first time. Since then, the river and the city of Cleveland have been cleaned up and have undergone a Renaissance. The river now is a positive tourist attraction, from the Good Time boat tours to restaurants and stores at the Flats. Cuyahoga River (2004) is written for flutist Deanna Little.
Score available for purchase from J.W. Pepper.
Recording available from Amazon or iTunes.