SERENADE NO. 2 (2009) Op. 98

Opus number: op. 98

Title: Serenade No. 2 for alto recorder, cello, and harpsichord





Instrumentation: alto recorder, cello, harpsichord

Dedication: Aldo Abreu, Paul Cienniwa, Sam Ou

Date written: 2009

Length: ten minutes

Premiere performance: May 19, 2010, Aldo Abreu, alto recorder; Paul Cienniwa, harpsichordist; Sam Ou, cellist, Brown Hall at New England Conservatory.

Subsequent performances: January 16, 2012, First Church Boston

Program Notes: Part Baroque solo sonata with continuo, part chamber music trio, Serenade No. 2 was written in the fall of 2009 and is dedicated to my friend and colleague Aldo Abreu. The relative independence of the instruments departs from the older practice of using the harpsichord and ‘cello as accompaniment. The overall effect of the piece should be one of good-humored teasing, befitting the nature of a serenade.

Recording: recorded by Aldo Abreu, Sam Ou, and Paul Cienniwa, Albany Records (Troy 1308/09)