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When love is in the air, what could be more romantic than an intimate musical conversation? Romantic Duos
explores the translation of great conversation into resplendent melody. Strauss wrote his Sonata for violin and piano when he was falling in love with his future wife, and his romantic impulses are clear in this work. Debussy’s evocative Syrinx for solo flute captures the sadness and longing of unrequited love in Pan’s pursuit of the elusive nymph Syrinx
. Hindemith composed his Sonata for oboe and piano as part of his efforts to write sonatas for virtually every instrument of the orchestra, resulting in musical portraits of each instrument’s unique colors and tonalities. The concert concludes with the Chicago premiere of Dana Wilson’s luminous Gold Mosaic
for flute, oboe, and piano, whose nature the composer says is akin to “holy fire.”