Seven Short Pieces (2009)
Performance: Shirley Warren; Julie Wegener home
Seven Short Pieces for Piano:
I wrote these short pieces as an exercise for Julie Wegener’s performance anxiety course at Dutchess Community College (DCC). Another student in the class challenged me to write music that I would be willing to perform on piano. She was a dancer, so the pieces are loosely based on dance forms. I wrote the first four pieces in July 2009. Before I had quite completed the fifth piece, I fell and broke my left wrist, which left me unable to do any composing or playing for several months. After the removal of my cast, I gradually regained the use of my left hand, with the expert assistance of Christina McGrath and Marc Bartholdi, my terrific hand therapists at Dutchess Orthopedics. I completed the suite in November and performed them in a recital at DCC in December. This recording was made on the lovely Steinway piano in Julie’s home.
(6) Dance in Five
(7) Circle (Requiem)