One of my teaching colleagues at Westminster Choir College, composer Benjamin Boyle, sent over these videos of recent performances. About the former, he says: “Sonata-Cantilena celebrates the influences of two composers whom I hold in the highest regard: Samuel Barber and Francis Poulenc. While Barber’s lyricism and skilled vocal writing informed my writing for the flute (as I believe it did his), Poulenc’s generous example of form gives my work its title. For, as in Poulenc’s Flute Sonata, my Sonata features a slow “Cantilena” as its second movement, lyrical and unfettered, linking together the moody first movement to the third movement – a quick Scherzo - and the darker Finale – a virtuoso Toccata.”
Sonata Cantilena, for flute and piano
Mimi Stillman, flute; Charles Abramovic, piano
The latter piece is a song, a genre Benjamin has involved himself with as composer, accompanist, and coach. He specializes in French melodie, as one can see from the following performance.
Le passage des reves, for mezzo-soprano and piano
Maren Montalbano, mezzo-soprano; Benjamin C.S. Boyle, piano
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