Originally written for two contrabassoons, these five
duets are inspired by the espresso drinks the composer
experienced while on his first trip to Italy, especially
those he had in Venice. This edition has rescored the
duet for two bass clarinets.
There are 5 movements: cappuccino, latte macchiato,
caffe macchiato, caffe con panna, and cafe della casa. The
music tries to reflect the ingredients in each drink. Both
technical and lyrical passages are found in this music.
A "rehearsal" score is included, but the separate parts
provided are for performance.