Byzantine Dances (2016)

 

For flute and piano

Commissioned by:
Rebecca Jeffreys, flute

Premiere:
Rebecca Jeffreys, flute / Dr. Alexander Timofeev, piano
Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
October 2, 2016

Performers in audio recording:
Rebecca Jeffreys, flute / Dr. Alexander Timofeev, piano


Program Notes:

This instrumental work, commissioned by Rebecca Jeffreys for her CD "Poems and Dreams," draws on dance music from diverse regions around the world.  If you listen carefully, you might hear echoes of Spanish flamenco, Jewish hora and klezmer, Bulgarian horo, and more! This work also heavily utilizes the characteristic, colorful, and unique scales and melodic modes common to these cultures and their heritages, especially the "double harmonic minor" (also known as the "Byzantine minor") scale.

More detailed program notes coming soon!