for solo flute
commissioned by Sarah Brady
Program Note (2020) Skyggen is named after a Hans Christian Anderson tale of the same name, in which a shadow convinces a real man that he is the man and the man is his shadow. I found this story a fair representation of the relationship between the flautist and her instrument - does the voice shadow the flute, or does the flute shadow the instrument? This piece is an exploration of proximity, attachment, and domination.
"He fancies himself a real man, and I his shadow!"