My composition this month is a piece for soprano saxophone, cello, and piano, commissioned by the fabulous Bohemian Trio. The thing I love most about this group is their ability to really play inside of a rhythm. Their performances are always a dynamic blend of jazz, Latin, and contemporary music. I was thrilled to be able to write in a 'jazzier' voice for this piece.
LBD (little black dress) opens with a 6/4 5/4 ostinato in the piano. I wanted to experiment with keeping a grounded line upon which the cello and sax could have a shifting rhythmic counterpoint. The entire feel of the piece is slinky and slightly flirty. Here's the ostinato pattern: