Canto is a piece for flute and marimba that was commissioned by the New York New Music Ensemble for their 2020 socially distant micro commissions. This work is the first in a set of works that I plan to continue for similar instrumentation and theme. Hence the name “Cantos” which is defined as “One of the sections into which certain long poems are divided’ and comes from Latin origins meaning “to sing” or “ sung”. The form is often used in literature such as in the 116 Cantos of the modernist poet, Ezra Pound. I wanted to create a lyrical, yet intense work that consisted of contrasting ideas, passages, and emotions. This was written for the performers Emi Ferguson (flute) and Daniel Druckman (percussion).