Variations are one of my favorite forms. This piece, written in 2016 in the University of Ottawa practice rooms, is a good example of how far from the original idea you can get.
The score is 5 pages. You can see the title and the first page in the preview.
Dedicated to Emily Kennedy, and performed by the amazing Jaeyoung Chong. Check him out: https://www.youtube.com/user/JaeChongMusic
Winner of the CMFTA composition competition. Dedicated to the studio of Robert Dvorkin, these are 6 fun pedagogical pieces for 4 hands piano; one part easy, the other - not so much! Each one is quite different and explores a different aspect of playing the piano.
The PDF is 20 pages in total, and together the piece is about 8 minutes in length. Included in the preview is the first page of each movement.
A commission by Robyn Penny, for Trent Cole and Paige Bell, on their wedding day. This piece has themes of childhood, time passing, memories, and juxtaposes rhythmic sections with sections that are free. A ticking clock sounds throughout, and the performers have to (roughly) line up with the electronics. David Suzuki speaks near the end of the work, clips that are meaningful to me as they relate to the climate crisis we are in, how we see ourselves, and his journey. It is 12 minutes in length to perform. The PDF is 23 pages (full score + cello part). Please contact me for the electronics. The preview is comprised of the title page, performance notes, various pages from the full score, and the first page of the cello part.
If you can come up with a title more interesting than 'A Piece', I will give credit to you on the front page for coming up with it.
This is a virtuosic and expressive showpiece for cello and piano. It was written in Ottawa, in the fall of 2015, at a small apartment piano. This piece has beautiful harmonies built from 5ths, which have an open feeling I really love. After a slow opening, it becomes something of a virtuosic piano piece with cello, like the Rachmaninov cello sonata, and definitely needs a page-turner! Parts in the piano and inspired by Chopin, Op. 25, no. 12.
The whole PDF is 24 pages, including the cello and the piano full score...featured in the preview is the first page of the cello part as well some pages from the full score.
Listen on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqn4kNilQwg&t=9s
These are 6 short 'scenes', totaling 7 minutes in length, inspired by Canadian Composer Murray Adaskin. They each have a different character. I was trying to evoke the feeling of natural environments (all but the last one)...the feeling of sounds coming in and out in unexpected ways, creating an 'atmosphere'. This is in contrast with the usual 'narrative' form of composition I tend to take. The PDF is 13 pages in length, and the pianist and clarinetist both perform from the full score. The preview features the first page from each movement.
Listen on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtrU0rqdP9k
10 short two-part (i.e. two-voices at once) 'inventions' for flute and clarinet. These were written back in 2012, when I was playing Bach's 15 two-part inventions for piano, as well as some Prokofiev - the result is 10 quirky miniatures, all with different characters, the two voices of these instruments weaving in and out of each other creating various different textures. All together they are 13 minutes or so. The PDF here is 21 pages, and both players perform from the score (there are not separate parts). The preview features the first page of each miniature.
They are dedicated to Amy Hamilton and Peter Shackleton, both amazing players!