Piano Sonata

pianosonataPiano Sonata was written in 2002. It is in three movements: Insistent, Reticent, and Exigent.

The piece opens with a fast movement, with a single chord being the driving force. The second movement is an expansion of this chord, while exploring subtleties of the piano sostenuto pedal. The third, Exigent, is a fast movement calling back themes from the first movement.

This version of the score includes an extensive appendix of suggested fingerings by Anatoly Larkin.

Sample Pages:

Piano Sonata (Printed Score) Piano Sonata (Printed Score) Piano Sonata (Printed Score)

Where I Should Look

whereishouldlookWhere I Should Look for soprano and piano was commissioned by the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2004. The small amount of text in the piece comes from email conversations with Katie Glover, although the text is largely obscured.

The majority of the music is untexted.

The piece unfolds in 7 unnamed movements.

duration: 12:00

Example pages:

Where I Should Look Where I Should Look Where I Should Look

Viola Sonata

violasonataThe Viola Sonata (Viola and Piano) was written in 2002. An arrangment for violin and piano was made in 2004.

The work has three movements, (slow – fast – slow) titled:

I. With Anxiety

II. With Ambivalence

III. With Anticipation

duration: 12:40

Score Excerpts:

Viola Sonata, Movement 1, Page 2 (Score)

Viola Sonata, Movement 1, Page 2 (Score)

Viola Sonata, Movement 1, Page 3 (Score)

Viola Sonata, Movement 1, Page 3 (Score)

Viola Sonata, Movement 3, Page 2 (Score)

Viola Sonata, Movement 3, Page 2 (Score)

Dark Days

darkdaysSometimes you just feel like writing a piece just because you need to. While moving from Baltimore to Minneapolis, I found myself reflecting on the two years I lived in Baltimore. While the title may not seem to reflect fondly on the Charm City, it is instead a reflection on an intense period of study and growth. Dark Days begins as a study in ennui, but as the piece progresses, it moves to a union of hope and optimism.

Incidentally, the piece began in Baltimore, but was finished while exploring the many coffee shops of Minneapolis, trying to find the best coffee shop for writing music. (It’s Caffetto, on 22nd and Lyndale)

For piano trio (violin, cello, and piano).

Duration: 16:33

Score Excerpts:

Dark Days, Page 1

Dark Days, Page 1 (Score)

Dark Days, Page 4 (Score)

Dark Days, Page 4 (Score)

Dark Days, Page 17 (Score)

Dark Days, Page 17 (Score)

Electra and Iphegenia

electraIn Geek Love, a novel by Katherine Dunn, the Binewskis are a family of circus performers with an amateur pharmacist father. The father prescribes drugs to his wife in order for her to give birth to deformed children. These children, the ones that survive, form the core of the “Fabulous Binewskis,” a traveling circus sideshow. One, or two rather, of the Binewski children are Electra and Iphigenia: virtuosic piano playing siamese twins. Joined at the hip, they performed works for piano four-hands as their traveling sideshow act.

This piece is an illustration of the music they played, represented by their fiery personalities and eruptive temperament(s).

duration: 6:07

Score Excerpts:

Electra and Iphegenia, Page 1 (Score)

Electra and Iphegenia, Page 1 (Score)

Electra and Iphegenia, Page 6 (Score)

Electra and Iphegenia, Page 6 (Score)

Electra and Iphegenia, Page 27 (Score)

Electra and Iphegenia, Page 27 (Score)