Bedtime Stories (2017)

For flute and piano
Duration: 13 minutes

I. Monster
II. Cheese Moon
III. Dream (or Nightmare) Waltz

Commissioned by Amy Porter

 

Program note:

When University of Michigan flute professor Amy Porter asked me to write her a flute sonata, I immediately knew that I wanted to write something slightly out of the norm. So often, we associate sonatas with a stuffy and weighty set of conventions, and instead I wanted to write something that was sweet, playful, fun, and maybe a little feisty.

Bedtime Stories attempts to capture the whimsy and innocence associated with children and nighttime. Like many children, I feared that a monster lived underneath my bed, as portrayed in the first movement, “Monster.” The second movement, “Cheese Moon,” is about the common fable that the moon is made of cheese. The final movement, “Dream (or Nightmare) Waltz” is a whimsical cross between a fanciful dance and a monster ball.

Many thanks to Professor Porter for commissioning this piece.

 

Performance video:
Nina Shekhar (flute) and Cole Anderson (piano)
Senior Recital: Nina Shekhar, flute
Britton Recital Hall, Ann Arbor, MI
April 15th, 2017

 

Audio recordings:
Nina Shekhar (flute) and Cole Anderson (piano)
Senior Recital: Nina Shekhar, flute
Britton Recital Hall, Ann Arbor, MI
April 15th, 2017

Complete performance:

 

By movement:

I. Monster

II. Cheese Moon

III. Dream (or Nightmare) Waltz

 

Performances:

April 10th, 2017
University of Michigan Flute Studio Recital
Performed by Nina Shekhar (flute) and Cole Anderson (piano)
Britton Recital Hall, Ann Arbor, MI

April 15th, 2017
Senior Recital: Nina Shekhar, flute
Performed by Nina Shekhar (flute) and Cole Anderson (piano)
Britton Recital Hall, Ann Arbor, MI