Over the years, these works have proven to be the most popular to perform. They are organized by difficulty.
OF FLAMES AND EMBERS
The two movements of Dénouement are cast as two contrasting canvases. Tempestoso has an undercurrent of anxiety. It’s undulating ebb and flow convey a sense of restlessness and searching. Beautiful Heartache, in contrast, uses rich harmonies to express a sense of peaceful resignation. The pulsing, rhythmic patterns convey a steadiness and quality of acceptance.
"...a captivating work balancing a substantial range of contrast and feeling. Encompassing all that is novel, unique and attractive about American musical tradition, it brings to mind spacious landscapes, scenes of nature, and plenty of serene moments in which to enjoy the view.” -pianist Elina Christova
A poetic title seemed appropriate for this piece which encompasses the entirety of a romantic relationship. Though the harmonic language is contemporary, the composition is inspired both formally and emotionally by Brahms. Of Flames & Embers was composed in 2005.
A TOUCH OF TANGO
A Touch of Tango was composed in 2001 for a concert by the Cello Divas. I tried to honor the passionate spirit of the Argentinian tango and added some unexpected harmonies and irregular phrasing. The Divas were such divas that they couldn’t get along and ended up cancelling their concert without ever performing this piece, so I arranged it for solo piano.
SHORT LYRIC PIECES
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