Study in C sharp minor - (2001)
This "blue note" study for piano came about while inventing something for a
song setting. Sometimes I sit and improvise, and happen upon a gesture which
strikes my thoughts positively. This is grounded in the advice Stravinsky
gave, as noted in his Harvard Lecture series, where he spoke of stumbling
across the happy accident (my words). The gesture appealed to me, and yet it
did not seem apt for that song setting. Rather the personality of the
strutting melodic line wanted to stand alone; I heeded that wish.
The repetition of the melodic fragment is broken by several devices, from
the falling, parallel quartal gesture as shown above, and another beneath
which rises. Thereafter, the motive returns, truncated into a three beat,
three gesture phrase before the last statement.
score is 2 pages, with an approximate performance time of 1' 30."
The score for Study in C sharp minor is available as a free PDF
download, though any major commercial performance or recording of the work
is prohibited without prior arrangement with the composer. Click on the
graphic below for this piano-vocal score.
Study in C sharp minor