Three Little Waltzes by Daniel Dorff
Written for flute and Bb Clarinet
Includes two performance scores
THREE LITTLE WALTZES is a quirky set of surprises composed for flutist Cindy Anne Broz. The first and third waltz are both shorter than a minute and serve as a prelude and postlude for the large middle movement which is over 5 minutes.
Freshly composed in 2010, the 1st and 3rd movements are freely based on rhythmically-challenging waltzes that I wrote in high school (1974), frequently teasing between a waltz-like accompaniment and various ways of contradicting any sense of regularity, thereby providing a happy sense of arrival whenever the rhythms get back in sync.
The central 2nd movement is a sort of backwards-constructed set of variations, in which fragments are built together and tease at congealing throughout the movement, finally climaxing in a full statement of the theme for the grand finale that reveals the full theme.