Music by Daniel Dorff

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.

- UPDATES NOT IN THE FIRST PRINTING: 
Mvt 1, bar 37: add mp cresc. for the flute
Mvt 1, bar 53: the final clarinet note is pp, not mp.
Mvt 2, bar 3: change the clarinet's nuance to "answering strongly"

- RECORDING on Albany TROY1404; Leonard Garrison flute, 
Shannon Scott clarinet.  
- EXCERPTS FROM THE CD:
        opening of Little Waltz No. 1
        ending of Little Waltz No. 2

 

 

last updated 7/13/15
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