Dust and Roses (version for flute, harp and viola) (2002) · 10.5 min

for flute, harp and viola

flute, harp, viola

Program Note

Dust and Roses for flute, harp and viola was written for the 2ème Festival de Musique de Sancerre at the invitation of Jacques Dubois, violinist, conductor, and director of the Festival of Music in Sancerre, France, where it was first performed by Stèphane Limonaire (flute), Danielle Riegel (harp), and Anthony De Ritis (viola), at the L’Église Notre-Dame de Sancerre on August 11, 2002.

It is intended to be a companion piece to Debussy’s Sonata for flute, harp and viola, which was also on the program at the premiere of this work.

Dust and Roses for flute, harp and viola consists of seven short movements; each based on a poem of Paul Anthony De Ritis, the composer’s father (from a larger collection of poems with the same title). The poems and their titles are listed below:

I. There is a shimmering dawn

II. Come sweet yellow bird

III.  Down sorrow cloaked streets

IV. A lament of glass violins

V. Like a swan against moonbeams

VI. Walk with me

XII.  Won’t you play?

Dust and Roses was originally a setting of fourteen poems from Paul A. De Ritis’s larger collection of poetry, for guitar, viola and narrator; first performed by Apostolos Paraskevas (guitar), Anthony De Ritis (viola), and Del Lewis (narrator), at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York, on June 11, 2002.


Dust and Roses for flute, harp and viola was recorded by Jessi Rosinski, flute; Mark Berger, viola; and Ina Zdorovetchi, harp; at Distler Performance Hall at Tufts University’s Granoff Music Center, June 2, 2013.

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