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Robert Muczynski wrote Three Preludes for Unaccompanied Flute, Opus 18, in 1962, shortly after finishing his Sonata for Flute and Piano, Opus 14 (1960–61). Despite the title, Muczynski meant them to be encores.
According to the composer, the preludes fleetingly portray different moods, such as "jaunty, nocturnal, and free-wheeling".The word "jaunty" means "easy and sprightly in manner or bearing; smartly trim, as clothing". The word "nocturnal" means "of or relating to the night (opposed to diurnal); done, occurring, or coming at night; active at night". The word "freewheeling" means "operating in the manner of a freewheel; (of a person) moving about freely, independently, or irresponsibly; (of words, remarks, actions, etc.) unrestrained; irresponsible". The word "fleeting" means "passing swiftly; vanishing quickly; transient; transitory", and the transitive verb "portray" means "to make a likeness of by drawing, painting, carving, or the like; to depict in words; describe graphically; to represent dramatically, as on the stage".
The three preludes are:
The piece uses accents to accentuate the off-beat rhythm.[ clarification needed ]
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