for flute accompanied by hand claps, claves, or other percussion
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Stepping Out, a short work for flute accompanied by hand claps, claves, or other percussion, consists of three dance movements, the first and third fast, the second slow, like a tango. The melodic material of each movement is derived from a single octatonic scale, and the tonal center remains consistent throughout the piece. Unity within each movement is achieved through the use of repetition in the accompaniment, providing rhythmic stability against a more independent flute part.
Stepping Out was first performed by Mary Karen Clardy and Robert Schietroma on April 4, 1994, at the University of North Texas.