These duets are written for two contrabassoons and
dedicated to Susan Nigro. The five
duets are inspired by the espresso drinks the composer
experienced while on his first trip to Italy, especially
those he had in Venice.
There are 5 movements: cappuccino, latte macchiato,
caffè macchiato, caffè 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. The composer also says
that, if it is difficult to acquire
two contrabassoons, this piece may be performed by two bassoons, or one bassoon (playing part I) and one
contrabassoon (playing part II).