In this case, chronological order doesn’t make much sense, since only 3 of the pieces were written between 1983 and 2005 – the other 4 are from the last three years. I’m leaning toward breaking up the tracks that will include piano, and framing the disk with two brief — but very different — miniatures:
1. Mister Blister (2006) 3:00 unaccompanied
2. Façade (1983) 7:00 with piano
3. Bacchus Chaconne (1990) 5:00 with viola
4. Sonata: Motion (2008) 17:00 with piano
5. Spring passing (1997) 8:00 with piano
6. Fifteen Minutes (2006) 16:00 unaccompanied
7. The Voice (2008) 4:00 with piano
Mister Blister is fast and furious; The Voice is moderate and contemplative.
And now I’m realizing I never blogged about The Voice, which has kind of an interesting backstory. It’s an arrangement of an aria from an opera I wrote almost ten years ago. In the opera, a soprano is being pressured to sell out her art for commercial gain. She responds by trying to explain the peculiar relationship she has with her instrument – she is the servant, rather than the master:
Has a life of its own.
It hovers in my heart,
It shivers in my bones.
A will of its own
A turning, trembling tone
Tearing me in two,
Piercing my vision,
A soul of its own.
And when it’s gone,
When it’s done with me,
I am here,
I am alone:
a moist and
for the Voice.