Romance on D and A (2011)

For flute and piano
Duration: 3.5 minutes

World premiere: December 19, 2011
Elebash Recital Hall, New York
Sarah Carrier, flute; Jonathan Howard Katz, piano

This work is available for retail purchase from Theodore Front Musical Literature.
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Program note: This work was written as a wedding present for my friends David and Amy, who married in Chicago in 2011, shortly after I moved to New York.  It’s a short, loving character piece in the vein of a nocturne, but it also happens to explore four-note harmonies in a fairly rigorous way. As a riff on the couple’s names, the beginning section’s harmonies include D without A; an animato section uses A without D; and the climactic section’s harmonies bring the two tones together.

Though not written for dance, Romance on D and A was later choreographed by Ursula Verduzco as part of her work Pushing Mud: