Richard Lambert Music

Silver Threads (Op.32)

A duo for two unaccompanied flutes

This duo for two flutes was completed on Christmas Day 2008 and written for Rachel Smith and James Dutton.

The piece reworks material from two of the composer’s trumpet fanfares (Op.30 No.3 and Op.30 No.4), also dating from the same year.

The overall structure is A B A1 C D A2; melodic and rhythmic motifs are constantly woven (hence the title), overlapped and transformed throughout all sections.

Although the whole range of the flute is used, the rich lower register is especially exploited. Without harmonic support, the work relies on textual variety and busy, rhythmic momentum. Basically tonal, but without an obvious key centre, the work uses mild clashes to provide astringency.

A gradually decreasing tempo allows for more reflective playing, before a busier texture increases the pace into a brief return of the agitated initial material, which brings the piece to an energetic conclusion.


  1. 3 April 2009: St. Anne and St. Agnes Church, Gresham Street, London. Rachel Smith (flute), James Dutton (flute).


“Silver Threads” is a piece that displays many different qualities of the flute. Elaborate melodic lines and vivacious rhythms provide effective momentum. Every flautist will enjoy playing “Silver Threads” and creating a musical “dialogue” between different motifs. The piece concludes in a spirited uplifted mood – an enjoyable piece for every flautist’s repertoire.

K Dwornik, music teacher, London



This recording of Silver Threads was produced using computer software called Sibelius: it is not a live recording.


You can purchase Silver Threads (FM614) from Forton Music.

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