Two Performance Scores
Instrumentation: Flute and Clarinet
Duration 8'15″. This piece has two movements; Hootie, which is a Lento in 4/4 time. The second movement, Tiki, is a quicker movement, reflecting a lurking cat.
Composer Notes: In December 2006, I had the wonderful experience of playing clarinet, saxophone, and piano at a Christmas-season fundraiser for the SPCA of Dutchess County (NY). What was musically a typical Christmas party gig turned out to be a very heart-warming and moving way to help out the invaluable work of this humane organization. I made it known that I'd be delighted to return, and within a few months I was invited to play for the December 2007 fundraiser, along with a special request to create a new piece to be premiered as a headline attraction for the 2007 fundraising party.
Being quite fond of my flutist-host's two cats, I chose this opportunity to make musical portraits of Hootie, a handsome and elegant 20-pound tuxedo cat, and Tiki, a petite bengal princess. Hootie's music is generally in a slow pulse with lyrical 16ths flowing, just as Hootie is pensive and outwardly still, while clearly being very busy inside. The final phrase is marked snoozendo poco a poco.
The final measures of the Hootie movement are identical to the beginning of the Tiki movement, just as in reality one cat's end is sometimes notably close to the other's beginning.
After a “peacefully lurking” introduction, Tiki's remarkable showcat grace and playful lightness are set as an effervescent scherzo, including some double-tonguing (after all, her name is ti-ki), a bit of fluttertonguing as Tiki can sound herself, and with a regally strutted circus march in the middle of the scherzo.