The material for A Thousand Trees for flute alone was originally conceived for a mixed chamber ensemble with the same name. The opening material for this solo takes directly from the flute part in the ensemble, but is developed in an entirely different way. This solo treats the unity of musical material in the same way that a forest is comprised of many individual trees. Each musical statement represents a single tree, which are all separated by a fermata of an undetermined length. It is only through this separation of musical ideas that the “forest” can begin to take shape.