The "Sonata for Flute and Piano" was composed in 2008 for James Romeo, at the time a student at Indiana University. The work is essentially romantic in character, although the 2nd movement, a scherzo, is much less tonally focused. In fact, the opening line in the flute part is a twelve-tone row, even if the movement is not constructed along serial lines. Rather than closing with a vigorous and flashy finale, the composer has elected to end the work with a movement marked Grazioso, which he feels well represents the gentle spirit of the man for whom the work was written. Recorded by James Romeo. Total duration 15.25 minutes.
Review from The Flute Quarterly:
[Canfield] writes gracefully for the instrument and has created, in his Sonata for Flute and Piano, a multi-faceted work of gravity and depth, and I hope he will write more.