In Brass Flight I imagined a large, graceful brass butterfly as it swoops, dips and glides in the sun. Each of the three movements evokes a particular aspect of this fantastical creature. Glint suggests light glinting from its wings, while Glow explores in melody the beauty of a butterfly in stillness. Glide evokes the beating and gliding of the butterfly in flight. Brass Flight was commissioned for the inaugural concert of the Monarch Brass, Marin Alsop, conductor, and was premiered at the Summerwind Festival, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, on July 2, 1996.

— Libby Larsen