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thirteen songs for solo piano
53' 30"
The Whereas songbook is a concept album of thirteen neoclassical pieces for solo piano written in 2011. The songs’ emotive content ranges from nuanced to dramatic, romantic to tragic, introspective to celebratory. All of the songs have clear form and structure; several use compound or unusual meters, and one has a strict left hand ostinato […]
for solo piano
A set of 12 waltzes for the intermediate pianist, inspired by the waltzes of Schubert and Chopin, but with an American twist—featuring original melodies alongside an array of American hymns, Shaker songs, and a creative version of Stephen Foster’s immortal “Gentle Annie.” This collection includes upbeat, energetic pieces as well as soft, tender ones—evoking the […]
for piano
9'00"
Sonata no. 1 is rather like a dramatic tone poem suggesting a hero’s journey (challenges, striving, uncertainty, searching, inner and outer struggles) — one which ends darkly, but with a glimmer of hope. The structure of this single movement work recalls classical sonata allegro form. Inspired by late 19th and early 20th century tonality, the […]
13 songs for solo piano
49' 25"
The October Wind songbook is a retrospective collection of thirteen pieces for solo piano written between 1981 and 2005. With strong, flowing melodies, tonal/triadic harmonies, and clear form, each song offers a unique journey to a gorgeous landscape of color and emotion. One of the pieces is for right hand alone. The book includes several […]
4'30"
The fifth in the series Leyendas Místicas (Mystic Legends), this moody little tango-milonga fantasy was commissioned by the talented Brighton pianist, Johan de Cock, to be premiered at the 2016 Brighton Fringe Festival. The title refers to one of the most picturesque and moving places in Buenos Aires, the ‘City of the Dead,’ Cementario de […]
4'00"
Claro de Luna is an Argentine tango-style adaptation of the well-known first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano sonata no. 14 in C# minor, “Quasi una fantasia”, Op. 27, no. 2, popularly known as the Moonlight Sonata. Dark, bold, and passionate, this adaptation remains true to the original’s harmony, melody, and form. Its edge and […]
for solo piano
20'30"
My Piano Sonata was written in 2010 and thoroughly revised in 2015. The piece is in four movements: Fantasia, Caprice, Blues, and Toccata Perpetua. The second movement, Caprice, may be played separately as an encore or recital piece.
5'10"
This quiet contemporary composition is music portraying the quietness that comes as winter begins to lose its icy grip on the land. It is based on a simple, repetitive harmonic progression and clear melody that move through a few key changes and gradually build to a soft section that is like the melting snow. It […]
for piano
2' 40"
Jazz Ground is a brief fairly simple piano solo, Gershwin-like in feeling. A third or fourth year student could manage it. It would serve as a break or change of pace in a heavier, classical recital. It is appealing and likable.
11'30"
Variations & Fugue on a Bach-Busoni Chorale Prelude is based on Ferruccio Busoni’s transcription of Bach’s “Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ” BWV 639 From Das Orgelbuchlein, Part III (1713-17), and is to be played without pause after that piece. The several Busoni transcriptions of the the works of J.S. Bach constitute a musical […]
for solo piano
3'15"
Writing this piece helped me cope with anxiety, living in NYC during the COVID19 crisis. Sirens, day & night. Wishing everyone safe passage through this storm. 4/20/20.
for solo piano
6' 54"
Slow, new agey meditative piece.
5' 22"
An easy-going New-Agey piece in my approximation of James Taylor’s guitar style.
Piano
2' 55"
A moderately difficult piece in typical rondo form.
6' 19"
This is a flashy motor piece for the more advanced performer. Despite its improvisational quality, it is fairly structured with a recurring motif.
4' 04"
A fast motor piece, somewhat more “classical” in form and more difficult than Toccata 1. Despite its classical leanings, a couple of boogie-woogie sections found their way into the left hand part.
3'33"
This is a motor piece of medium difficulty.
for solo piano
4'
This impressionistic impromptu is a depiction of a slow, rain-filled day. It is a series of mostly still moments defined by the steady rhythmic fall of the rain on the trees and rooftops. The rich, accessible harmonies, simple melodic ideas and pace of the music combine within an unfolding form to depict this observational beauty. […]
for solo piano
3' 59"
This solo piano setting of the beloved Christmas carol applies fresh and distinctive harmonies to the traditional melody. A haunting, and slightly dissonant, introduction sets a contemplative mood that heralds a unique approach to the carol. Set in ABA form, the A sections contain lush harmonies and delicate lyrical phrases which contrast with the syncopated […]
for solo piano
15'30"
A compelling set of tonal/modal piano miniatures meant to be played as a freely ordered group of pieces and encouraging the free interpretation of the pianist.
for solo piano
30'
A gallery of both real and imagined aural postcards in a largely neo-impressionist style, including pieces for contemplation, comic episodes, and bravura performances. I. Chrysanthèmes II. Chevraux III. Au Pic de Bugarach IV. Hirondelles au Crépuscule V. Kermesse Villageoise VI. Entr’acte These pieces may be performed as a set or individually, and the series will […]
for solo piano
5'17"
A melancholic ‘offering’ for the gifted London-based composer, pianist, and teacher, Phil Best, with a small twist hidden among the bouquets.
for piano, four hands
4'20"
This is a traditional Rag with a bit of a twist. 2 Pianists of moderate skills can play this with practice. It is just good fun. Would provide a nice break to a heavy program of a classical nature.
for piano
10'
“Giocattoli” (Toys) (1999) is a piano suite constituted of eight little pieces characterized by the same base material but with different meters and tempos. The two pieces without meter suggest a Recitativo style. Allegro vivace – Allegretto – Andante sostenuto – Allegro Moderato – Allegro – Allegretto – Tempodi Valzer – Allegro molto The cycle […]
for piano
5'
“Pensieri” (Thoughts) (2000) is a piano piece divided into seven sections which explore and develop the same material by different means: Preludio – Quasi valzer – Ostinato – Moto perpetuo – Sviluppo – Ripresa – Coda The piece starts with a short prelude followed by the main theme like a Valzer. A secondary idea follows […]
4'30"
A short fantasy inspired by the story of Beren and Lúthien Tinúviel from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion. Beren, lost and wandering in the Forest of Neldoreth, secretly observes Lúthien, ‘the most beautiful of all the Children of Ilúvatar,’ dancing in the glades of the forest, and is bound to her for life.
for solo piano
7'
These small doodles, or ‘paper improvisations,’ if you will, began as just that—scribbles that went down in one sitting, without the usual planning devoted to so much of my preceding music for solo piano. As such, they probably sound much different from the Aquarelles or even the more ‘open’ Piano Set, and the player may […]
31'
These keyboard pieces range from short and simple etudes for piano beginners to works employing somewhat more complex textures and techniques. Of course, ‘keyboard’ means that the chosen instrument can (for many but not all of the pieces) be something other than an acoustic piano. For example, a cembalo (harpsichord) or a church organ, or […]
for piano
7'
The Piano Sonata (1999) hasn’t the character of an improvisation, although the notation without meter gives the idea of a long Recitative. The two main elements of the Exposition are given one to the left hand and the other one to the right hand. The development part is predominant: here the previous material is processed […]
for piano 4 hands
4'
The Sonatina for piano 4 hands is a single movement work which displays a certain affinity with a Sonata’s first movement. The work is clearly divided into two parts by means of a general pause. The first part suggests two main ideas, whereas the second one combines them in a Development followed by a varied […]
for piano
5'
The Caprice (1998) has the character of an improvisation and it should be played with freedom and fantasy. It is divided into continuous sections: it starts with percussive elements, then, the same elements become more and more calm till the last section where a sense of stillness gives to the music a vague and suspended […]
for piano
6'
This is a cycle of six variations without theme. A short Prelude consisting of a trill with an internal rhythm leads directly to the 1st variation. All the variations are in some way thematically related and they share a common starting point. From 1st to 4th variation there is an ever greater complexity, 5th variation […]
This music is an arrangement of the hymn section within Jean Sibelius’ famous tone poem Finlandia. Cast in flowing sixteenth notes, the melody soars above the harmonization that offers up some beautiful surprises. This would make an excellent special piece for a church service, in a recital or as an encore. The subtitle refers to […]
for solo piano
4'30"
Fun, light, and energetic, this music evokes a lively folk dance, like a jig or gigue. While it is definitely a contemporary piece, it does keep some of the characteristics one would expect from this kind of Baroque Suite movement. The middle section contains some counterpoint of the new melody, and toward the conclusion I […]
3'20"
“Kate & David” is the main theme of Kurt Kuenne’s score for his documentary “Dear Zachary: a letter to a son about his father”, which chronicled the life and death of his late best friend, Dr. Andrew David Bagby; this theme is meant to encapsulate the enduring love and strength of Andrew’s devoted parents, Kate […]
2'30"
“Crime of Passion” is the main theme of the score Kurt Kuenne composed for his friend Jon Bokenkamp’s feature directorial debut Preston Tylk in the late summer of 1999; it received the Dale Melbourne Herklotz Award for Best Score at the 2000 Marco Island Film Festival. In 2016, this solo piano arrangement was featured on […]
For Solo Piano
5'00"
Piano Piece #4 is the fourth movement of my piano cycle Set of Five, which takes its title from the wonderful Henry Cowell piece of the same name and serves as a gesture of homage for the New Albion CD recording that looped through my brain on a near-constant basis in my young twenties. An […]
Piano Solo
1'30"
Prelude is the first movement from of my piano cycle Set of Five, which takes its title from the wonderful Henry Cowell piece of the same name and serves as a gesture of homage for the New Albion CD recording that looped through my brain on a near-constant basis in my young twenties. Prelude was […]
for piano
10'
The Three Intermezzi (1996) didn’t originate as a set. The single pieces were assembled later since they shared the same musical style. The overall atmosphere is meditative, hypnotic and each piece focuses on specific details which are expanded and developed. The single pieces have the following main characteristics: – Andante: it is constituted of a […]
5'
The cycle Two Pieces of Ice (1995) continue my interest on the dualism between two contrasting movements. This unusual title refers to an impression aroused after a trip on a mountainous region full of icy landscapes. The idea to relate the geometry of ice with that of music was interesting for me. The two pieces […]
for piano
5'
With the Two Bagatelles (1994) a new creative phase starts. After a period orientated towards the improvisation and characterized by a rhapsodic style, here a geometric strictness prevails. The material is simpler and more objective with a greater stress on rhythm, dynamics and articulation. The two pieces (Allegro vivace – Allegretto) have contrasting characters and […]
for piano
5'
The Nocturne for Piano (1993) has the character of an improvisation. It aims to suggest a typical night music with an initial sense of stillness and mystery which turns gradually into a storm. The end is vague and suspended. In order to better indicate the character of this composition, a particular notation is used where […]
for piano
7'
The Sonata for piano (1989) is written as a single movement divided into sections. Andantino – Allegro molto – Meno allegro – Tempo primo – Allegro molto – Meno allegro An introductory Andantino directly leads into an Allegro molto which contains the main theme and the transition to a more quiet secondary theme (Meno allegro). […]
for piano
5'
The Three Preludes (1992) were originated from a series of improvisations which were later condensed and subjected to strict revision. Even if there aren’t “ad libitum” sections, the trait of improvisation should be maintained during the performance. The pieces are set in order of increasing complexity. – Allegro moderato – Andante – Allegretto – Allegro […]
6'
The Improvvisazioni on a Prelude for piano (1991) belong to a new creative phase. It consists of a series of connected improvisations on a Prelude composed by a schoolmate of mine. Several elements of this Prelude are the root of each section, but the piece doesn’t resemble a theme with variations. Only a fragment of […]
for piano
4'
This little Suite for piano (1990) is composed of six pieces with baroque flavour. The style is modal. After the completely diatonic Preludio in D, the dances become increasingly chromatic. Preludio (Andantino in D) Allemanda (Allegretto in C) Corrente (Allegro in B) Intermezzo (Allegro moderato in A, with Sarabanda’s rhythm on the bass, but lively) […]
for piano
4'
The Sonatina for piano (1989) is composed of three movements in a clear neoclassical style: Allegro vivace (in sonata form) Andante (in ternary form) Presto (a sonata rondo) In order to allow the interpreter as much freedom as possible to express the music as he feels, I chose not to include metronome marks. Pedal is […]
20'
A Piano Suite of five pieces that express something of the character and style of ancient dances, without adhering to their classical forms. The prelude establishes harmonic and melodic materials which are utilized throughout the suite. The following four pieces capture a generalized characteristic of their historical namesakes. A nine-tone scale is used in all […]
for Piano and Small Orchestra
30'
Cast in the traditional three movements — fast, slow, fast — influence and indebtedness to Bartók is noticeable in the two outer movements. In the meditative slow movement, there are allusions both to Beethoven’s 3rd concerto, with its dialogue-like alternation between soloist and orchestra, and in the main body of the movement, a nod to […]
16'30"
The Sonata for Piano was composed expressly for Beth Levin in the early weeks of January 2013 during a residency at the Edward MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. Movement one is dominated by a satirical character of extreme contrasts in dynamics, abrupt gestures, and pauses. Its organization might be described as “quasi sonata form”, since […]
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