Sonata for Flute and Harp (1982) by Dan Reiter
for flute and harp

The Sonata for Flute and Harp, from 1982, is a blend of a contemporary music tonality and the spirit and influence of folk music from eastern Europe to east Asia. The sounds of violin and cymbalom, sarod and tabla, shakuhachi and koto, are implied, suggested, and twisted into a journey through the silk road of another planet.

The piece opens with a single note, F sharp, which is surrounded by notes of equal distance. This technique is also applied to the harp, and is the basis for the piece as a whole. This piece was written for Angela Koregelos, then the principal flutist with the Oakland Symphony, for the price of one baklava.

— D. R.    

[from program for February 10, 2014 concert]