Commissioned by Pamela Mia Paul
NOTE: Pamela Mia Paul has EXCLUSIVE soloist rights through April, 2016.
In order to facilitate her (very reasonable) fee, I'm offering this work for a minimal rental fee of $100.
Please contact us if you'd like to find out more info, Pamela's fees, etc. She's generously agreed to give masterclasses, lessons, etc., as part of her visit for no extra charge.
The Concerto for Piano, commissioned by Pamela Mia Paul, continues my fascination with creating large works out of the smallest possible amount of initial musical material. In this piece, both movements are constructed from the exact same set of descending dyads, though they diverge widely in character and tempo.
Movement I is a meditation on these intervals, gradually unfolding from the solo Piano opening into an ever-cascading fall of melodic motion, until we finally "land" in Ab major, at which point the music reverses direction, ascending to a euphoric climax. The music dissipates, evaporating upward into solo Piano, just as it began.
Movement II erupts boldly into a playful interweaving of syncopated gestures, with the Piano and ensemble often careening abruptly around sharp rhythmic and dynamic curves, as well as around each other. A groove eventually establishes itself, as the piece incessantly intensifies to a climactic conclusion.
I owe a debt of gratitude to Pamela Mia Paul for commissioning this work, and for her absolutely devoted and tireless support, extraordinary musicianship, and jovial attitude throughout the creation of this work.