For Flute, Clarinet, Soprano and Piano
Parts and Score
In “A Starving Dog”, the first movement, the melody is tossed and layered from one player to another. “The Dog Book of Virtues” combines elements from many sources such as Ann Landers, Lord Byron, and a gravestone of a Newfoundland dog. “Puppy Love” is also an amalgam of five pithy sayings. “Boys, Dogs and Mothers” strikes a familiar chord if you've ever been a parent of a child who wants a pet. “Dog Heaven” is the benediction of the piece. It strives to express the longing our hearts have for our pets to be with us forever, and to be able to spend eternity in an innocent world determined by them. The melody is presented four times so each member of the ensemble can enjoy playing it.