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Granfalloon

Form
Chamber
Instrumentation
bassoon, piano
Year
2004
Duration
7:00
Premiere
3/03 - Alden Banta, Eleonor Bindman, Under St. Marks, New York, NY
Description

Single-movement piece for the rare combination of bassoon and piano, with a title inspired by Kurt Vonnegut.

Program Notes

Granfaloon The title of this work comes from Kurt Vonnegut who defines granfaloon as "a proud and meaningless association of human beings, e.g. The Veterans of Future Wars." The most recently-composed piece included, it was inspired by and dedicated to two marvelous champions of my music, Alden Banta and Eleonor Bindman, who perform it here. The issue of balance is critical when pairing the bassoon and piano and a sparseness pervades this work, the climaxes sounding especially thunderous. The two instruments navigate a relentlessly changing meter and the light, rhythmic buoyancy is intended to showcase agility and to dispel the unfortunate clownish reputation of the bassoon. The lyrical nature of this instrument is best exemplified in the middle section.

Recordings

Left at the Fork in the Road album cover