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Sonatina for clarinet and piano (1998)

The three movements are brief and follow a traditional fast-slow-fast pattern. The first movement is bold and forceful with a strong processional rhythm. The middle movement is a set of variations on a melody that might very be the best melody I’ve ever composed. The final movement is playful and peppy. This piece was salvaged …

Toccata for piano solo (1994)

This is my first “keeper” composition. A simple aggressive ostinato provided the inspiration and motivation for the work. Even though this toccata is only about two minutes long, there is a brief break in the motoric energy for a more lyrical moment. Finally, a mad dash towards the end and an explosive finale. Download the …

Deconstructionist Preludes for piano solo (2003)

The plural title is not a mistake. While this piece is one continuous work, four separate preludes are woven together. The first prelude is light and delicate, quiet and apologetic. The second prelude molds this delicate material into a more mechanical and persistent character. Prelude three is raucous, barbaric, and single-minded. The final prelude takes …

Sonatina Natalina for piano solo (2009)

Sonatina Natalina was composed to celebrate the 10th birthday of my niece, Natalie Dale Parker. In the tradition of composers writing birthday pieces, I took Natalie’s name and created a short musical 4motto from it using pitch names and solfege syllables. This score includes a version in the original key of A major and a …

Voiseynvention for piano solo (2009)

Voiseynvention was composed for Robert Voisey’s XL birthday. I took the letters in Robert’s name and created two musical mottos from them. One of the mottos was a simple numerical procedure which I have subsequently forgotten. The other procedure mapped the letters of his name onto a telephone keypad and then correlated the numbers on …

ALEX modes for piano solo (2011)

These four piano pieces are for my nephew, Alexander Jay “A.J.” Parker. I took the first four letters in Alex and used them as inspiration for the modes of each of the movements. Modes are scales that are less commonly used than major or minor. All of these modes use the same key signature (that …