John Gordon Armstrong

Canadian Composer



Vistas for flute and guitar was commissioned by Entr’acte with funds from the Ontario Arts Council. It is one of my most performed works. Premiered November 24, 1983 at the Royal Conservatory Recital Hall in Toronto, it was immediately taken on tour by Entr’acte under the auspices of Jeunesses Musicales du Canada. It has subsequently been played by a number of different performers in Canada and the United States. It is extremely accessible to all audiences and not terribly difficult. It would be appropriate for advanced students of both flute and guitar.

The performance here is by Robert Cram, flute, and John Armstrong, guitar, at the University of Ottawa in 1999.

Composed in 1983 for guitar and flute
Three Movements
Duration: 12 minutes
Advanced/Very Accessible
Published: Canadian Music Centre (Toronto)

1. “Horizon”

2. “Counterpoint”

3. “Abstract”