Black Velvet by Nancy Zeltsman (solo mba.)


Published by Edition Svitzer
Recording by Zeltsman

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Black Velvet (2004) is an intermediate-to-advanced quasi-lullaby Nancy dedicated to her black Lab, Mochi. In a tonal, slightly-modern language including mixed meters, it lasts about 5:30. Nancy’s criteria for material making it into the composition was that Mochi would contentedly nap through it being played. (Dogs can be opinionated about music played while they’re in the room; they stay if it's agreeable!) The faster part is inspired by the many times Mochi's paws would move in his sleep: Nancy imagined he was dreaming of happily running in field.

Cover photo: Robert Scott, Circling Hawk Photography

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