These were commissioned by Deborah Wills, a harpsichord player from Waterloo, Ontario. They are 7 minutes or so in length, and there are 5 movements to it. The first is a energetic and pointed prelude, the second a quick invention with lots of hand crossing, the third a jagged intermezzo, the fourth a funny waltz, and the fifth a sentimental postlude.
A collection of 5 improvisations that were recorded and subsequently transcribed, that have also been arranged for string quartet!
The entire PDF is 41 pages. In the preview is the first of each improvisation, as well as the title page.
These variations are dedicated to Simone Dinnerstein, in memory of Ralph Elsaesser. Ralph was a close friend of mine who passed away in Summer, 2015, at the age of 83. Before he passed away he recorded the complete first book of the Well-Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach, which can be heard here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmAFRNVJ2t8
He was a piano professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, and before he passed away he also gave me his complete library of piano music. He taught me many things about life, music, and I still miss him. A year later I heard Simone Dinnerstein perform the Goldberg Variations (by Bach) in Ottawa, and was so touched by her playing that I promised to write her a set of contemporary Goldberg Variations. It was a very cathartic summer of writing, letting go of emotions that I didn't know I still felt, one year after Ralph had passed away. The whole piece takes a little over an hour to perform without repeats. It follows the same structure of the Goldberg Variations, that is, an aria opens, and following that are 30 variations on the bass-line of the aria. The whole piece is 87 pages, and in the preview is the cover, the performance notes, the aria, and first page of each variation.
These can be heard on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f54pmYI-9zM
Wandering Pieces are just that, pieces that wander around, all starting on E. They are dedicated to my former teacher, Heather Taves, and take about 13 minutes to play. The first is a very disjunct and playful piece, which juxtaposes slow emotional sections, and playful quick ones. The second floats lightly in the air for 4 minutes. The third is like a clock, incessantly ticking, and pretty tricky. The last is an introspective and spacious piece, like an aria. The PDF is 19 pages, and featured in the preview is the cover and the first page of each piece.
These are also on the album "Preludes for People and Wandering Pieces".
You can hear these on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OguWZyqsSiY
These 3 preludes were composed back in 2012, when I was listening to lots of jazz, Bill Evans in particular. They are each dedicated to someone; the first for Phillip Wilcher, a fantastic Australian composer. The second to Mike Anderson, a great friend of mine and fantastic musician. Lastly, to my Oma and Papa, both loving and kind people who have always been supportive of me. The PDF is 8 pages, and these take roughly 10 minutes to play.