The First Day of Summer for Flute and String Trio
The First Day of Summer for Flute and String Trio (Violin, Viola and 'Cello) got its title because it was completed on the first day of Summer, June 21, 2019. It starts out with an easy going blues-styled theme, reminding us of the slower-paced summer days to come. During the course of the work, there are more dramatic and intense sections, evoking the passion and excitement generated by the summer heat.
The First Day of Summer was premiered on September 28, 2020 by the Phasma Quartet as part of the Kwidzyn September New Music Concert Series in Kwidzyn, Poland. The Phasma Quartet consists of Iwona Glinka, flute; Yaroslav Tokarev, violin; Ilias Sdoukos, viola and Renato Ripo, 'cello. The Phasma Quartet released an album, entitled "Teth" with The First Day of Summer in 2020 on the Phasma Music label (distributed by Naxos.)
The First Day of Summer was a semi-finalist in the 2021-2022 American Prize in Chamber Music Composition.
The video of the world premiere performance of The First Day of Summer by the Phasma Quartet is below.