Music by Daniel Dorff
music for flute
music for clarinet
PROGRAM NOTES by the composer
Two Cats for Flute and Bb Clarinet (8')
Being quite fond of my flutist-host's two cats, I chose this opportunity to make musical portraits of Hootie, a handsome and elegant 20-pound tuxedo cat, and Tiki, a petite bengal princess. Hootie's music is generally in a slow pulse with lyrical 16ths flowing, just as Hootie is pensive and outwardly still, while clearly being very busy inside. The final phrase is marked snoozendo poco a poco.
The final measures of the Hootie movement are identical to the beginning of the Tiki movement, just as in reality one cat's end is sometimes notably close to the other's beginning.
After a "peacefully lurking" introduction, Tiki's remarkable showcat grace and playful lightness are set as an effervescent scherzo, including some double-tonguing (after all, her name is ti-ki), a bit of fluttertonguing as Tiki can sound herself, and with a regally strutted circus march in the middle of the scherzo.
TWO CATS was premiered on December 2, 2007 at the SPCA of Dutchess County's annual fundraiser. Sitting in front of the stage was a recently rescued German shepherd, barely able to walk due to a horrible past. This unfortunate dog's pain in merely moving had been dramatically shown as part of the fund-raising presentation about the heroic rescue work of the SPCA. Halfway through the Tiki movement however, the German shepherd stood up and walked away – demonstrating either the profound healing power of music, or the worst review I've ever gotten.
REVISIONS IN THE NOVEMBER 2010 PRINTING