This poem by William Blake is meant depict someone who has fallen into insanity. Energetic and wild, you’ll need a solid pianist to perform this piece.
Duration: 2 minutes 20 seconds
(Singers: Alex Worley and Maddy Hunter)
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This piece uses most of the text from Emily Dickenson’s powerful poem about love, I Cannot Live With You. While the speaker clearly has affection for the individual she is talking about, she ultimately concludes that their love would be impossible. The poem is used by permission of Harvard University Press. Duration: 3 minutes 30 seconds (Singer: Maddy Hunter) Back…
I started writing “Hallelujah” in December of 2018. At the time, Zach Griffin and I were regularly doing Four-Hand piano numbers together and we had talked about trying to make a full Christmas album the next year. I thought it would be good to have a couple original numbers for that set and this light melody was the result. I…
Achilles is a short energetic piece for brass quintet full of contrast. While the beginning and ending are quite heroic, the middle section contains both sharpness and smoothness. Throughout it all, a steady eighth note drives the energy continuously through many changes in meter. Changes in time signature and rhythmic complexity make this a very difficult piece. Achilles was recognized in 2019…
This energetic arrangement was the first that Matt Arnett and Zachary Griffin performed as Rising Action Piano. Full of quick, short references to other Christmas favorites, it’s a difficult number but the fun is well worth it. Duration: 3 minutes 45 seconds (Matt Arnett and Zachary Griffin) Back to piano music