The flute and harp version of the Canonic Lullaby was first performed by Heather Wrighton, harp and Emma Halman, flute at the Octagon Music, Watford in March 2017
As the title suggests it is a calm lyrical piece and has the feel of Italian barcarolle with flowing melodies and gently rocking rhythms that float between the flute and harp.
It starts with a graceful statement of the theme in cannon on the harp; it is then taken by the flute in its upper register and gently falls away to its low register. A series of calm conversation between the two performers ensues leading to a number of gentle climaxes where the flute embellishes the melody with fast moving scales and passionate gestures. Following the final climax the atmosphere gradually becomes calmer and the falling melodic line descends lower recalling the opening passage, and eventually moves to the lower register of the harp whilst the flute hovers on reflective high harmonics.
Also available in a version for oboe and harp