Composed by Cherise D. Leiter
for Flute, Viola (or Cello), Piano, and Hand Percussion
Commissioned by the Arbor Ensemble
Published by LeiterLieder Publishing
Includes score, flute part, viola/shakers part, cello/shakers part, and piano/guiro part
Trio Cerulean for flute, viola or cello, piano, and hand percussion, was commissioned by the Arbor Ensemble. Essentially a contrafact of “Little Girl Blue” by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart (with a few small modifications), it is in three connected movements with an introduction. In addition to the harmonic progression, the motive of two repeated notes which is prevalent in the introduction, first, and last movement is drawn from the Rodgers/Hart original.
The flutist's triangle should be suspended from the music stand if possible – this will make it easier to play quickly.
Any shaker type instrument will work for the violist: egg shakers, maraca, etc (it is even possible to have several egg shakers of differing volumes – you can purchase a set of four (soft/medium/loud/extra loud) and the dynamics will indicate which should be used at each point. In the introduction, both hands can hold a shaker making the change from pp to mf possible.) The advantage to a maraca is the handle which is easy to pick up and put down quickly.
Any type of guiro will work for the pianist – the composer used a medium wooden frog with a mallet when composing the piece.