Solo Sunday – #5 Mimosa for Solo Piccolo (Hong-Da Chin)

Greetings and welcome to a new Solo Sunday! I am switching things up a bit today with a video featuring a piccolo solo (who doesn’t love the piccolo, am I right??). Today’s solo is a newer work by Hong-Da Chin entitled Mimosa for Piccolo Solo (2009) and yet another piece I fell in love with in preparation for a contest earlier this year.

From the composer, “Mimosa is any of various mostly tropical herbs, shrubs, and tress that have globular heads of small flowers with protruding stamens and usually bipinnate, compounds leaves that are often sensitive to touch or light.” The direct translation of Mimosa from Chinese is “shy grass.” It is named “shy grass” because the leaves are very sensitive to touch and when the leaves are touched, they would close to protect the plant. This particular character of the mimosas was the inspiration of the piece.” (Hong-Da Chin)

I hope you have all enjoyed this Solo Sunday series! I will definitely be continuing it in future weeks. Please let me know if you have a request for a piece to be featured on a future Solo Sunday or, if you are a composer, have a work that you would love for me to program on a future blog.

Enjoy! And, as always, happy fluting!

-Dr. G.


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