Originally printed in October 2001 Flute Talk
Composer Margaret Lowe wrote Dawn Carol as a gift for Carol Kniebusch Noe and the James Madison University flute choir in Harrisonburg, Virginia and should be performed by many flutists scattered around the hall and among the audience. Each player enters canonically when the previous player reaches the asterisk.
The piece should be played with some flexibility of rhythms so the phrases do not coincide but overlap with varying pauses. The result should be continuing sound with players dropping out as they reach the end of the first section. After a short break the second section begins in similar fashion and dynamics are indicated only as a guide.
Dawn Carol has been performed throughout the United States and the composer put the rights to the piece in the public domain. "I have no desire to make financial profit. After all, it is based on a simple chord, which is common property to all musicians. I am happy for it to be photocopied but I usually suggest a donation to a fund known as the Birmingham Flute Commission which commissions new compositions for flute."
Retired flutist and composer, Lowe lives in Birmingham, England and studied composition at University of Birmingham and flute at Birmingham Conservatoire with Geoffrey Gilbert.