Matt Van  Brink - composer, pianist, lyricist, educator

Dal Dosai: Sonata for Flute and Piano (2001)

flute & piano | 15 mins
Available from Tenuto Publications
Recorded by Thomas Robertello on Gypsy Wheel
Recorded by Paul Dunkel on Live in Recital

1. Garam Masala
2. Asafoetida
3. Tarka

DAL DOSAI takes its title and movement names from the realm of Indian cuisine, but the real inspiration was the simple idea of composing music that is both rigorous and whimsical, both intellectual and fun. Still, it can be quite fun to connect the music to the culinary theme. Dal Dosai is a pancake usually stuffed with curried potatoes or other spiced vegetables. Garam Masala is an aromatic mixture of nutmeg, cloves, black pepper, and cinnamon, all ground together and sprinkled on the dal at the very end. Asafoetida is a pungent resin extracted from ferula root. When it is cooked in hot oil, its odor dissipates, exuding instead a warm truffle-like flavor. Asafoetida is usually the first ingredient added to a flavoring of oil and spices called a Tarka, the last step of preparing a dal. As the Tarka heats up, it pops, sprays and splatters.

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Recorded by Thomas Robertello and Winston Choi on Gypsy Wheel (Crystal Records).
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Recorded by Paul Dunkel and Peter Basquin on Paul Dunkel Live in Recital (MSR Classics).
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First performed by Thomas Robertello and Martin Kennedy in August 2001 at the National Flute Association Annual Convention, Dallas