A lyrical piece for bassoon and piano borrowing freely from pop, jazz and rock styles
- 3 minutes, 45 seconds
- For Miriam Butler
A free transcription of Cantilena (Op.11), originally for alto saxophone and piano
For Miriam Butler
Its title derives from its prominent use of sustained, smooth-flowing melodic lines; indeed the melody was recycled from an arietta from the opera, Yellow Earth Ridge, which has since been withdrawn by the composer.
Cantilena tries to capture a popular flavour, borrowing freely from pop, jazz and rock styles: primary and secondary chords are used in arpeggiated piano figures, as mainstream ballads might do; pedal notes are a feature, especially on the tonic note, and a ‘bluesy’ style emerges in the third main theme.
A pseudo-rock style is twice used on the climax section, which acts as a song-like chorus.
Cantilena is in the key of D major overall, but even the introduction uses ‘wrong-note’ harmony (notably flattened sevenths) to produce ambiguous tonality. The piece demonstrates a range of tone colour for the bassoon across a wide melodic range.
- 6 October 2012, at the Karmi (Karaman) village church, near Kyrenia, North Cyprus, by Miriam Butler (bassoon) and the composer (piano)