Bagatelle for Flute and Piano (2011)

I composed this flute and piano duet for Daniel Zanipatin. We performed it together at his recital in December 2011. It unabashedly adopts a late-nineteenth century idiom. The theme evokes that of Aram Khachaturian's famous waltz from Masquerade, but the piece also reflects a variety of other conscious or unconscious influences, derived from the classical, popular, and film music repertoires. Although, in my earlier works, I maintained some degree of modernistic mischief by emphasizing the pasticcio aspect, creating forms evoking harlequin's costume (endlessly moving from one type of music to a very different type of music), more recent pieces often try to produce a less jarring effect.