Today we celebrate the birthday of the contemporary American composer, Michael Torke. Torke’s music has been described as “optimistic, joyful, and thoroughly uplifting” (Gramophone) and his piece, Sprite, falls easily into all three categories. The piece was written for and premiered by Carol Wincenc who, according to the composer’s program note, asked for “a valentine, for flute and piano.”
Performed by Jenny Davis, flute, who is a DMA student at the University of South Carolina, and Claudio Olivera, piano, who received a DMA from USC.
Recorded by Jeff Francis.