Ensemble: flute solo
Duration: 10:30 minutes


“By contrast, Dorothy Hindman’s Trembling, … also for solo flute, consists of a wide diversity of gestures that makes a compelling case for the unaccompanied solo performance. On the whole, Ms. Hindman’s exploration of the instrument is a showpiece experience for the performer and an engaging and refreshing one for the listener.”
~John de Clef Piñeiro. “Voices Old and New from Vox Novus,” New Music Connoisseur, Vol. 11, No. 1, March 2003

“Other stimulating works included … Dorothy Hindman’s sure-handed Trembling, confidently rendered by solo flutist Donald E. Ashworth.”
~Nancy Raabe, “BAMA concert raises question of ‘new music appreciation’,” The Birmingham News, July 28, 1998

Program Notes:  Trembling for flute (1998) reveals its one unifying motive slowly and circumspectly over the course of the work.  It conceals its true melody: a slow, lyrical line, with a high degree of fragmentation, ornaments, extreme dynamics, gestures and timbral distractions.  In short, it trembles before revealing itself.  It is not, however, a reluctant or introspective work; but rather a tantalizing and frenetic series of exhibitionist delays.  The piece was written for flutist and dear friend Donald Ashworth at his request.

Premiere:  July 1998
Donald Ashworth, Jr.
Birmingham Art Music Alliance Concert
Hoover Library Theater
Birmingham, AL
Commissioner: Donald Ashworth, Jr.