Sonata for Flute and Piano, score and part

Commissioned by and dedicated to Lisa Garner Santa, the Sonata was composed during the summer of 2005 and received its premiere performance in September 2005. The music combines a modern lyricism with a harmonic language that avoids major and minor triadic implications, as well as avoiding thirds in the melodic language.  The music instead uses quintal harmonies with numerous variations.  The work consists of four movements.  The first, Nocturne, features mixed asymmetrical meters using a slow tempo to disguise the disjunct nature of the meters.  The second movement, Bolla di Sette (Dance of Seven), features a rhythmic chordal motive in the piano with a further rhythmic thematic element in the flute.  The meter alternates 4/4 and 3/4 (7/4) and the music itself uses the number seven in several different ways, including the number of chords in the head-motive and in septuplet runs in the melody.  A playful slow waltz-like central section (still in seven) with a simple idiomatic accompaniment divides the movement before returning to the opening material.  The third movement, Piccolo Canto e Recitativo (Little Song and Recitative), is a basic AABA song-form with a simple repeated melody and a larger recitative section that brings the movement to a dramatic high point.  The piano is almost entirely above the flute with the exception of the opening and closing sonorities, meaning that the flute serves as the bass for purposes of extended sonorities and consistency of the quintal harmonic language.  The fourth movement, Rondo, uses a rhythmic texture with repeated notes and offbeat accents.  The meter alternates 3/4 and 2/4 (5/4).  Contrasting lyric sections offset the recognizable refrain section.

Sonata for Flute and Piano, score and part
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