My son (11) is currently working on the Lonely Shepherd from Paul Schocker. This became a really nice story. He got this music from Gwyneth Wentink to study it in preparation for his audition for the pre-conservatory high-school in Rotterdam.
He decided he wanted to play this on a concours, so he needed the original music. So I went looking for it and found out that his son Gary Schocker is one of the most famous flutist in the world currently. This was a very nice thing to see, as I play flute myself. So I mailed him and got a very nice and quick reply that he found the music and would send it to us.
Then I got into mail contact with him and found out that he wrote a piece ‘In memoriam’ in memory of his father Paul for flute and harp. So I bought this music and Davy and I are working on this now. In the meantime Davy has been working on the Lonely Shepherd and got very nice feedback from Gary Schocker who remembers the piece very well as he heard it often from his father when he was young. He even said his father would be very happy with this performance, which is a real honour for Davy I think.
I hope someday we can play both pieces together somewhere as a sort of tribute to Paul Schocker for this beautiful piece which somehow seems to be forgotten a bit, as it is not played very often.
Here is a video of Davy playing Lonely Shepherd last Sunday in our church as a try-out for his audition (he has still about 2 months to refine the details, but I think it’s already quite nice).