Study en Mozart
As a classically-trained horn player, I spent a lot of time studying Mozart’s four Horn Concertos (my favorite is the second). They are standards for the instrument and provide lots of opportunity for developing essential horn techniques. This piece is my attempt to impersonate the style and form of a Mozart horn exposition. I expect you could substitute this piece for the first movement of any of the Eb Concertos and only the horn players would notice – and, please, tell me if you do this.
Duration: 4 minutes
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This short piece is deeply pensive and introspective. It depicts someone sitting alone at the shore of a lake on a cool summer night, staring at the water and thinking. All has the appearance of quiet and calm, but the mind is alight with memory. He thinks of mistakes he has made, opportunities he passed up, and imagines a thousand…
Penitence tells a story of prayer, anguish, and forgiveness. The subject is one who repeatedly tries and fails to overcome a self-destructive habit, but with the help of God they ultimately conquer.It holds a special place for me as the first of my compositions ever publicly performed, in a recital in 2014. Duration: 4 minutes Back to piano music
A short piece for the advanced-intermediate pianist, Dreamscape explores some of the contrasts that can be achieved on the piano, from the gentle, reflective opening in the upper register to the almost triumphant shift to the relative major in the middle section. The sweet melody invites reflection and contemplation. The performer should pedal freely throughout, paying close attention to the color…