To a patient smile - (2020)   

for Michelle Wallring


A gentle ballade in E major is composed as a thank you to Michelle Wallring, whose work with the home hospice serving my father-in-law, of almost 97 years, assisted in his peaceable transition into the next world. One may think grammatically, "to a patient, smile," as to the adjectival phrase as an ode "to a patient smile." Molto rubato a piacere is advised and encouraged. The inner voices are shared between both hands, much in the left as the melodic phrases above sing out.




3 pages, circa 4' 30" - an MP3 demo is here: 


The score 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 score.


To a patient smile