The Imagined Moons of Autumn composed by Dennis Bathory-Kitsz
Written for Flute and Piano
Includes score and parts
Duration. 5 minutes
The composition requested by the anonymous “John Speede” and was written in 2007 for the “We Are All Mozart” project. The Imagined Moons of Autumn is expansive and incorporates a very French-Twentieth-Century sensibility, along with a certain swing and jazziness. Its impressionistic opening is soon replaced by flute jazz à la Claude Bolling (not imitation; just the sensibility it creates once any composer swings the flute), with references back to the opening and a wild ride in the piano left hand. Moons was a surprise from Doug (that was “John Speede”) and Peter McIlroy for their respective wives, Barbara and Alison. And Doug did it up right, bringing Barbara to our home one Saturday morning. She was surprised and confused, the ideal reception for such a peculiar gift … but later, as Doug wrote in a card, it turned out the two spouse-musicians were thrilled.