Café au Triolet
Composed by Cynthia Folio
For flute, violin, and harpsichord
Published by Portfolio Publications
Includes score and parts
I. Caramel Macchiato
II. Café do Brazil
Commissioned by Beryl and Murray Zankel for Ensemble Triolet.
This premiered at the National Flute Association Convention August 12, 2016 by Ensemble Triolet: Wendy Stern, flute; Shelby Yamin, violin; Joyce Lindorff, harpsichord. The two movements are polar opposites in spirit and “flavor,” yet they share common harmonies and the structural use of pitch centers G and A. The first, Caramel Macchiato is largely coloristic, using a repeated patterns of nine rich and closely-spaced harmonies. It is also an exploration of the colors and expressive potential of the three instruments. The second movement, Café do Brazil, is a playful fugato, based on the rhythms of the Brazilian choro, samba and bossa nova, with a touch of Argentine flavor. The first statement of the fugue subject modulates up a step from G to A. Subsequent entries continue the upward progression, from A to B, etc. The subject later appears in inversion (modulating down by whole steps) and in augmentation.