SKU: 01H280002017


202-456-1111 for Flute and Piano by Laura Kaminsly  Commissioned by Tracy Lipke-Perry and Paula Gudmundson

Duration: 10:00

The work's theme is the diminishment of democratic principles….

202-456-1111 is the public access phone number for The White House.  Since January 2017, one can no longer leave a message.  What does this say about the relationship between the current President and his citizenry?  The election results of November 2016 were an alarming wake-up call to the country as a whole, no matter which side of the divide one is on.  Like many, I am afraid of the new direction our government has taken, and mightily concerned about the content and the quality of public discourse.  These worries were foremost in my mind as I began composing.  I struggled with how to synchronize my bleak mental/emotional state with the task at hand–writing for the golden combination of flute and piano.  I couldn't find my way.  One day, after an unsuccessful attempt to leave a message of dissent on the White House line, I had a flash–I would use that phone number as source material for the duo–and assigned pitches to each number, with the “0” represented as a rest.  Suddenly, I had focus.  The resulting work, 202-456-1111, is in one movement, and reveals the many different emotions of an uneasy citizen at the dawn of a new political era. —Laura Kaminsky


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