Music by Daniel Dorff
music for flute
music for clarinet
PROGRAM NOTES by the composer
Three Little Waltzes for Flute and Bb Clarinet (7')
THREE LITTLE WALTZES is a quirky set of surprises composed for flutist Cindy Anne Broz. The first and third waltz are both shorter than a minute and serve as a prelude and postlude for the large middle movement which is over 5 minutes.
Freshly composed in 2010, the 1st and 3rd movements are freely based on rhythmically-challenging waltzes that I wrote in high school (1974), frequently teasing between a waltz-like accompaniment and various ways of contradicting any sense of regularity, thereby providing a happy sense of arrival whenever the rhythms get back in sync.
The central 2nd movement is a sort of backwards-constructed set of variations, in which fragments are built together and tease at congealing throughout the movement, finally climaxing in a full statement of the theme for the grand finale that reveals the full theme.
– CORRECTION: The clarinet entrance in Movement 2 should be marked "answering strongly," not boorish or plodding.