This is just the unaccompanied cadenza section from
Study in Violet for solo flute and chamber
orchestra, completed July 21, 1961. At the time I was still
young enough to be enamored with virtuosic cadenzas of the type
normally associated with classical concertos. Today I believe
they generally make no musical sense whatever in the context of
most modern music. In high school, writing a cadenza seemed like
an easy way to make an orchestral piece longer, because I only
had to write for one instrument.
Having said that, I still rather liked this piece at the time.
And the flutist I wrote it for assured me that although it was
difficult, she was very much up to the task of playing it, and I
do believe she was. I was always disappointed that I never got
to hear it.