Dohree (2016) for flute, viola and harp - ca. 15'
Commissioned by the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT)
“Moments into the first work I heard of Saad Haddad’s, I was moved. His music has emotional depth, is innovative and provocative, is skillfully crafted and infused with a unique voice. I am thrilled that he has accepted this commission and will be representing CAPMT in the Distinguished Composer of the Year Award. I look forward to the premiere of his commissioned work at the CAPMT Conference in October." -Craig Richey, CAPMT Commissioned Composer Chair
Dohree (‘my turn’ in Arabic) is written in three movements, with each of the players having a chance to solo while the other two instrumentalists accompany. The spotlight, of course, is envied by the accompanists in all three movements who continuously vie to be the main voice. The music itself incorporates the performance practices of classical Arabic musicians, with this trio of flute, viola and harp serving as ‘Western cousins’ of the nay, the kamanjeh and the qanun. The character of the trio often drastically changes in mood, from whimsical to distraught, from contemplative to ecstastic. Dohree was written after a string of ‘serious’ orchestral commissions spanning the last few years, and was composed with an attitude and spirit of spontaneous playfulness.
Premiered October 15, 2016: The Debussy Trio, CAPMT conference, California State University, Long Beach
The Debussy Trio: Angela Wiegand, flute; David Walther, viola; Marcia Dickstein, harp
October 15, 2016 – The Debussy Trio – California State University, Long Beach