from:  'Twas the Night Before New Year's Eve (12/30/05)

Seraglio for Bass Flute and Finger Cymbals (1992)
by Michael Isaacson

In the summer of 1992 I was commissioned by flutist Toby Caplan to compose a brief duet for contra-bass flute and solo percussion for the 1992 National Flute Association convention in Los Angeles.  Two octaves below the C Flute, the contra-bass flute notes are truly felt as well as heard.  I was enthralled by this rare instrument and went about composing a sensuous, "Sheherezade-like" solo with finger cymbal accompaniment which would suggest the atmosphere of a harem.  Here in the more accessible alto and bass flute versions, the work nicely retains the mystery of the east.

-Michael Isaacson