For someone with no formal musical training, Flint Juventino Beppe (who also goes by the name Fred Jonny Berg) has recently found powerful allies. Having written some 200 works, and publishing over 80 of them, it wasn't until Beppe wrote Flute Mystery and dedicated it to one of the all time greats Sir James Galway, that people started to notice this unusual Norwegian. When your piece is premiered in New York by Galway, and later features on a Grammy nominated album, people all of a sudden start to pay attention.
With a prolific output spanning symphony orchestras to synthesizers, Beppe considers himself to be 'at odds with the conventional trends and "isms" of contemporary art'. His pieces often have bizarre titles, such as 'I Stepped on a UFO', 'Where Am I?' and 'Life Giggling', but his style has remained one that eschews the stylistic elements of experimentalism, instead favouring a full re-evaluation of the tonal language. Beppe has dedicated his life to many forms of art, and is also active as a film producer, director scriptwriter and poet, and is often concerned with the overall aesthetic of his output. Beppe has worked closely with audio engineer Morten Lindberg to record Flute Mystery and several of his other works, performed by Emily Beynon, principal flute of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, with Vladimir Ashkenazy conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Rather than being a whodunnit tale of suspense and intrigue, the title of the piece comes from Beppe's feelings regarding nature and space, subjects that have fascinated the composer for much of his life. The piece has a certain ethereal quality, but it's strong melodic content makes it easily accessible, and very enjoyable to listen to.