Piano Prelude, homage a Claude Debussy, 3 1/2’

For returned piano (C3, Eb4, A4, F#5 all a quarter tone lower, same tuning at Grisey’s Vortex Temporum). Can be performed on equal tuned piano.

Commissioned by Marilyn Nonken for her Vortex Temporum Revisited Project

Premiered May 19 (Tufts University, Boston) and 23 (Roulette NYC), 2016.

Program Notes

Les ciels de Kigali is based on my impressions of the amazing sky I see all day from the balcony where I compose.  Kigali is on the equator and we have these beautiful rolling hills everywhere.  The sky is so huge, and feels incredibly still all day.  However, the cloud formation changes minute by minute (even when there is no wind) and massive rains hit and disappear back to clear skies in no time, often while the sun is still shining.  So I let myself drift into this Debussy world of musical snapshots of impressions of the different formations, from bright stillness to cloudy calmness and dramatic outbursts of rain.


Les ciels de Kigali

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