By Lewis Spratlan | For Piccolo and Piano | 13′
Composer: Lewis Spratlan
Year Composed: 2005
Instrumentation: For Piccolo and Piano
Format: Score + 1 Part
Page Size: Letter
Catalog Number: OM0409
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From the composer:
Piccolosophy was commissioned by Ellen Redman and premiered on October 23, 2005. It is in three movements, each suggestive of some aspect of the piccolo’s world view. The first, “Musing,” is contemplative, unburdened by optimism, but ready to take on the world. At times it tends to moan. The second movement, “Dialogues,” is a rapid-fire conversation – not to say spat – between the piccolo and piano, with a lyrical middle section proposing reconciliation. The finale, “Evaporation,” gradually falls apart as, little by little, the notes evaporate, leaving only a few scattered traces (archaeological remains?) of a once-hearty little waltz.
Commission/Dedication: To Ellen Redman.
Premiere: First performed at Sage Hall, Smith College, on October 23, 2005, by Ellen Redman (piccolo) and Clifton J. Noble, Jr. (piano).